Four Mallets Method
Composer: Theodor Milkov
Instrument: Marimba Method Book
The most often question I have been asked during my clinics and masterclasses is “Why”. The “How”, usually comes much later. Why would you even try to play literature written for Piano/Keyboard on a marimba? How did this idea come to your mind? The simple answer to this is Music.
Chapter 1 Introduction to traditional grip
Chapter 2 Mechanics of the Pianistic Approach
I. Rotation Training on Practise Pad
II. Practise Pad Etudes
III. Periodic Table of Scales Stickings
IV. Sticking Approach
V. Exercices on Marimba
VI. Marimba Etudes
Chapter 3 Introduction to the Moeller Technique
I. Training Moeller Technique on Practise Pad
II. Marimba Exercices on Moeller
III. Marimba Etudes
IV. Concert Etudes
About the composer +
Russian-Greek percussionist Theodor Milkov is widely recognized as one of the most innovative marimba players in the world. Well-known for his pianistic approach to the instrument, revolutionary ideas and technical abilities, he has succeeded in bringing the art of marimba performance to entirely new heights. Milkov's repertoire includes virtuosic transcriptions of music originally written for harpsichord and piano, as well as contemporary compositions dedicated to himself.
Milkov began his percussion studies at the age of seven at the Municipal Conservatory of Patras, Greece, under the supervision of his stepfather Maxim Mankovski. Subsequently, he studied at the Musikhochschule Detmold (Germany), the Royal Conservatoire Den Haag and the Conservatorium Van Amsterdam (The Netherlands), taking lessons with prominent teachers such as Peter Prommel, Hans Zanderoep, Fedor Teunisse, Luuk Nagdegaal, Nick Woud and Gustavo Gimmeno.
In 2017, he hosted the first Milkov International Marimba Summer Camp (MIMSC) – a rigorous training course based on his marimba method "My Pianist Apporach” which is presented in this book. MIMSC quickly became one of the most popular annually recurring percussion events, attracting eager participants from all over the world: USA, Japan, Taiwan, Zimbabwe, Poland, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, Costa Rica, Denmark, Finland, China, Latvia and Hungary.
Since 2017 Theodor is a Yamaha and Vic Firth/Zildjian artist.
Front Cover graphics and layout: Ronni Kot Wenzell
Photos: © Thanos Bikos
Portrait: Damian Aronidis
Engraving: Johan Svitzer
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