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The Doctor (Keyboard Percussion Only)


Please do not ask questions about piano, organ, serial numbers, appraisals, pricing, value, restorations, or when a particular instrument or device was made.

Keyboard percussion only: MARIMBA, VIBRAPHONE/VIBES, CHIMES, BELLS/GLOCKENSPIEL, etc. Thank you!

I answer a variety of questions about mallet keyboard percussion instruments.

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Several years professional experience.



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2016-03-06 slow playing:

Determining what is more difficult between slower and faster speeds is a matter of perspective and depends on the context of the music.    Going by rhythmic feel is a broad concept that can apply to either

2015-05-21 rhythm:

Developing and maintaining rhythmic accuracy is a practice that applies to musicians from beginner through advanced levels; some pick it up naturally, others need to put a lot of effort into it. Sometimes

2013-01-15 Vibes motor:

Hello Harold,    It would be helpful if you told me what brand vibes you own. Depending on your level of experience working with small motors, you could try to find a manual available from the source that

2012-03-20 kawai electronic piano (flats and sharps):

If the Eb (aka D#) on your keyboard is producing the pitch A# (aka Bb), then it is possible your keyboard has a transposition setting that is off-set. If you want the notes to match their original pitches

2011-12-22 Mallet Selection:

Hello,    I suggest asking someone if you can test out their mallets, so that you may narrow down the kind that you might prefer. Your best bet for quality marimba mallets would be either Van Sice signature


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