Mallet Percussion Fundamentals and Techniques | Vibraphone & Marimba

First Name
Jerry
Last Name
Tachoir
Course Summary

During this 15 week course, students will have 60 minutes each week to study mallet techniques with Grammy-nominated musician, Jerry Tachoir. Learning the fundamentals and techniques associated with playing mallet instruments, students will become proficient in how to approach both the vibraphone and marimba with the proper technique, give them a better ability to read music and learn how to play chord voicings effectively.

Lives In

Hendersonville, TN
United States

Course Duration
15 Weeks
Number of Students per section
1
Course Level
Intermediate
Instruction Language
English
Taught On
Skype
Individuals
US$72.00

per week per student

1 week =
1
class
1 class =
60
minutes

Educator Profile

Educator Profile

Profile Picture
Instructor
First Name
Jerry
Last Name
Tachoir
Number of years of relevant experience
45 Years Experience
From: United States
Teacher Skill Keywords
multi grammy nominated artist. Clinician with Musser company.
Study Details
Bachelors degree in Applied mallet instruments
Berklee College of Music
Masters
Paris Conservatory
Work Details
Organization / Institute Name
Ludwig/Musser

Course Details

Over the course of 15 weeks, this intermediate level class will introduce and teach students the fundamentals and techniques associated with playing mallet instruments. This includes playing both the vibraphone and marimba as well as the differences between them. This course will teach students about correct grip techniques for each instrument. This will effectively show students how to use the mallets to produce clear louder sounds, dampening effects or even how to produce rolling sounds.

Students will also learn about pedaling which helps the player with phrasing and holding notes to create more compelling pieces. While pedals have historically been used primarily to hold the notes, more contemporary musicians choose to use these to create much more expressive scores of music. Although they may seem intimidating at first, more advanced students will be taught the basic techniques for the creation of harmony and chord voicing. They will learn about guide tones, upper structures and filling out the voicing in an easy to digest manner. Students will also learn how to properly employ improvisation into their playing.

About Jerry Tachoir: With 45 years of experience and multiple Grammy nominations, Jerry Tachoir is one of the key figures today in mallet instruments. Jerry currently teaches, not only privately, but also at Berklee College of Music and has also taught at Belmont University in the past. He has also written "A Contemporary Mallet Method - An Approach to the Vibraphone and Marimba" which has become required reading at several major music schools. Jerry also was the first to release two educational vibraphone videos - "Master Study Series." He has performed at most of the major jazz festivals and concert halls throughout the US, Canada, and Europe.

The ipassio Edge

Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their student's progress in-depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about Mallet Instruments. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of Mallet Instruments, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.

Course Specific Benefits

Jerry Tachoir will teach his 4 mallet method and how to approach both instruments with a proper technique and ability to read music and play chord voicings. Advanced students will also get more information on advanced harmony and improvisation skills.

Prerequites

Course prerequisites include access to mallets and either a vibraphone or marimba as well as Jerry's book "A Contemporary Mallet Method - An Approach to the Vibraphone and Marimba."

Weekly Schedule

These sections are for individual students.

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SECTION DAY & TIME Available
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Section A
Wed 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM America/New_York
1 Seat
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Section B
Thu 05:00 PM - 06:00 PM America/New_York
1 Seat
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Section C
Mon 01:00 PM - 07:00 PM America/New_York
1 Seat
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Section D
Tue 01:00 PM - 07:00 PM America/New_York
1 Seat
+91-97400-50326 for any questions.

FAQs

Question
How much time should a student enrolling for this course practice everyday?
Answer
Students should practice a minimum of 30 minutes every day. If they can devote more time to practice, they will learn better and faster.
Question
What if a student is unable to attend an upcoming class?
Answer
The student is required to inform the teacher about his absence from a particular session, two days prior to the class. In such a case, the teacher will reschedule the class and conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student. In case the student misses to give two days prior notice about his absence to the teacher, then the decision to conduct another class for that student is completely based on teacher’s discretion.
Question
What if the teacher wishes to reschedule a class?
Answer
In case the teacher is unavailable for the scheduled class, he/she will inform the students two days prior to the class. The teacher will conduct the rescheduled class on or before the end (i.e. Saturday) of the ensuing week or such other time as may be mutually decided between the teacher and the student.
Question
How long will the teacher take to revert to a query raised after class hours?
Answer
The teacher will try to revert back to queries raised after class hours within a 24 hour period.
Question
Can this course be customized?
Answer
Yes, this course can be customized based on your goals and objectives.
Question
Can students of all age enroll to learn this course?
Answer
Students aged 10 or above can join this course.

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