Mallet Percussion

Rhythm Section

Includes Keyboard, Xylophone, Glockenspiel and eventually Marimba, Tubular Bells, Vibraphone and often Timpani.
Mallet players often also cover Bass Drum, Cymbals and Auxiliary parts when needed.

Where a band is short on Bass Guitars, Tubas and low instruments, Mallet Percussionist often play the Tuba part at the bottom of a Keyboard, reading Bass Clef. (Like Left Hand of a Piano part)

Physical Attributes

  • Good hand-eye coordination

Character Attributes

  • Ability to sit still and not fidget
  • Strong focus
  • Independent learner - often holding down a part all by themselves
  • Strong reading skills

Blow Test Achievements

  • Strong Rhythm Skills
  • Steadiness of Beat

Instrument Progression

Piano playing from Chords for Jazz Ensembles
Vibraphone for Jazz Ensembles
Other Percussion instruments