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First record it, then notate it. Composition and Transcription!

Whew!  Finally finished working through the electronic engravings of those guitar and marimba works that I posted about a few months ago.  It was very satisfying to be able to get that out there and available for people!  It is available on the sheet music portion of this website or you can contact me through the contact page!

Big thanks to Raul, who helped me through the notation and tablature notation that is available for guitarists.  Be sure to listen to the tracks and see if you know anyone who would want to learn some new music for marimba and guitar!

On the note of transcriptions and notating stuff, there are a few albums on the horizon for Mike Neumeyer and his marimba… a new relaxing improvisation album.  “Comprovisations: Volume I – A Fantasy” will be coming out very soon!

As a result of recording this multi-album collection of “comprovisations,” I really did enjoy some of what were essentially compositions that had motives and musical depth.  Therefore, some of these selections are currently being transcribed for others to learn and play in an educational setting!  I look forward to the near future!  Yeah!

6.22.2014 – New Works for Marimba & Guitar!

On a floating Saturday at the end of April this year, I got together with guitarist and composer Raul Bonde to record some material we had been working on.  This recording session was produced, mixed & mastered by awesome musician Jaems Murphy.  Check them out here while you read a little about the recording session below!

It was awesome and like clockwork.  Jaems came in with a few cases and a computer and just set up my coffee table as a recording station:

Fro2014-04-26 14.49.48m this vantage point, he could see both Raul, down the hall and in the bedroom and me across from him on the marimba.

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So we were simultaneously recording in different rooms to enhance mixing abilities.  We just wore headphones and Jaems knowledgeably rigged some amplifiers so we could have those headphone monitors.  Just great what one can set up in their own space!

We do this because the vibrations coming from the marimbas resonators in the small space can sometimes be overpowering.  Then there is too much bleeding of that sound into the guitar microphone.  When I am playing with the headphones, I can hear a mix of myself on the different marimba mics and also Raul on the microphones he is using.  It is really cool if you’ve never gotten to do any recording… 🙂

The recording session went well without a hitch and after a few weeks we had awesome tracks from Jaems that were mixed and mastered.

Now, that is not the end for this project in particular.  Along with these five recordings, we have also written the music out and are currently working on the final electronic engravings.  In other words, keep your radar out for SHEET MUSIC that can help you learn these tunes or use them for educational reasons!

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Keep a lookout for more marimba recording projects in the future!

11.23.13 – Beatles Arrangements on Marimba (and guitar!)

Been a while since a post, but that is how it is with marching band season!  It is a great time; but a busy time!

This year I worked as a percussion coach with both Cudahy and Oak Creek Marching Bands – such fantastic music students, parents and staff at each location and both bands landed 3rd place in their respective divisions!  Boom!  Congrats to all bands and music makers on all fields!

I just finished a percussion ensemble commission and you will be hearing about that in the near future on here… and there are definitely other projects brewing… 🙂          Meanwhile… CHECK THIS OUT 😀

Beatles on Marimba

Norwegian Wood (Honduran Wood)  🙂
Hey Jude

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So, I love playing Beatles tunes on marimba!  I most recently added Norwegian Wood to the list thanks to playing with Jaems Murphy on guitar.  Keep your radar out for shows where you’ll be able to hear the guitar/marimba duo live version of that arrangement.  A recording is also in progress!

DSC_8294--1We had the pleasure of playing some Beatles works at Cassie Tully’s art gallery in Plymouth and photographer Jan Scholke took some nice photos of the marimba/guitar duo!

So now you can listen and imagine being at a live performance with solo marimba.

Also, think of what guitar sounds like with the soft wooden bars! Marimba/Guitar Duo Sounds

Contact us if you think these sounds fit your occasion! 🙂

Hey Jude was one that I played solo on that night and it is one of my favorites to play on marimba.  Marimba marimba marimba…. Beatles Beatles Beatles!