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Suite Pepper by Brett Jones

Model # 18090 By: C. Alan Publications
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  • Overview

    • 9 Easy-to-Intermediate Etudes
    • Each Etude has One Stroke
    • Additional Focus on Intervals
    • Fun to Play for the Student
    • Only Need 4.3 Octave Marimba
  • Item Details

    A collection of nine easy to intermediate marimba etudes, Suite Pepper would work well for any student just learning how to hold four mallets. Each etude, cleverly named after a pepper from different parts of the world, focuses on one stroke type - double verticals, single independents, single alternatings, double laterals, triple laterals, and one-handed rolls. The etudes also focus on particular intervals, so the student can spend time developing muscle memory. All of these etudes are nice on the ears and will entertain the student, which will in turn make them want to practice - a win for everybody!

    Along with a sample of the sheet music

    From the composer: Suite Pepper is dedicated to Lisa Rogers and my dear friend, Mike Perez. Over a decade ago, Perez suggested I write a series of marimba solos for students that would be accessible to the ear and enjoyable to play. Inspired by that charge and by my study of marimba pedagogy with Lisa Rogers, I decided to compose this collection. It is meant to serve as a musical companion to an article that I wrote on four-mallet marimba pedagogy for School Band and Orchestra magazine (November 2007). Although a number of good student works for four-mallet marimba have been written in recent years, these pieces are unique in that they address only one motion, or stroke type at a time. As a percussion educator, I felt the need for a collection of this nature to enhance my students’ technical advancement in an enjoyable and musical way. The range required for the performance of these pieces is only that of a 4-octave marimba, which allows most every student percussionist with access to a marimba the opportunity to play them.

    While composing the pieces for this book, I read an article in the Smithsonian about various peppers from around the world. Since a couple of the solos I had already written for this collection were 'south of the borde'’ in style, I thought it might be fun to name each piece after a particular type of pepper. Thus, the idea for Suite Pepper was planted. Many peppers grow well in Latin America, so some of these pieces are infused with a Latin American flavor. 'Scotch Bonnet' is a somber chorale that invokes a European tradition, although the actual pepper grows in the Caribbean. The naga jolokia pepper is from India, thus, 'Naga Jolokia' utilizes a drone and odd time signatures. The final solo is based on a ground bass motif so I couldn’t resist 'Ground Pepper.'
  • Specifications

    Name Suite Pepper by Brett Jones
    Brand C. Alan Publications
    Model # 18090
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    State ListTexas (Grade 2)
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  • Returns & Shipping


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    Every single order that goes out the door has a tracking number that will be emailed to you, and all of it is completely insured. Everything is carefully packed by hand - we know just how delicate this stuff can be, and how important it is to you.

    We ship from centrally-located Dallas, Texas. Howdy y'all!

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