Whirlwind Mallet Method
by Jack Van der Wyk
Whirlwind Mallet Method is a series of
original musical exercises which gradually induce fundamental skills and
theory, allowing melodic appeal to keep the beginning student motivated.
Perhaps the reader has shared the
author's observation that many mallet students fail to survive the
practicing of necessary scales, arpeggios, roll exercises, etc., and also
find the avalanche of notation theory typically found on the first page of
most recognized mallet texts as an unreasonable presentation.
It is attempted here to present
not all, but a great deal of theoretical and technical material needed by
the serious student in the form of hopefully enjoyable melodic exercises,
each of which deals with some important aspect of professional training.
The student becoming involved in these pages may quickly develop
confidence on the instrument which will promote an understanding of the
relevance of comprehensive mastery of scales and arpeggios, leading to
voluntary explorations in to the more methodically oriented method books,
having become better equipped to take advantage of them.
Every effort has been made to
make this book effective for the beginner who does not have a teacher.