Sheet Music

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  1. Don

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    Looking specifically for sheet music for a marimba, for "Amazing Grace," "Do Lord," and "I'll Fly Away." Anyone know of any websites where I might find some for download? (preferably free, but....)

    Doesn't have to be marimba; I'll figure out the transposition if necessary.

    Thanks!
     
  2. Joshua Rhodes

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    Forgive my ignorance, but wouldn't a marimba play regular piano sheet music? No transposition needed?
     
  3. Rubato 1

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    What an idiot! Marimbas don't play, they must be played :laugh:.
    And No transposition needed :laugh:.

    Seriously, I would probably play from the songbook, improvising as necessary. You must mean arrangements for marimba?
     
  4. Don

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    yep, arrangements for marimba.

    You can use the hymnal; but seeing as most marimba players use a maximum of four mallets (some really talented ones use six), and most of your piano music takes into account at least 3-finger chords on each hand, there's some conversion involved.

    I'm speaking from a 4-mallet perspective; I suppose, if you only wanted to use 2 mallets, it'd be easier.

    Also, I found a way to do this. Turns out, Finale Notepad 2008 will load midi files, converting them to sheet music. So I find the particular midi I'm looking for, load it, and edit as necessary.

    Thanks!
     
  5. David Lamb

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    Yes, although I studied and taught music, I never heard of the marimba being a transposing instrument. Most clarinets and the trumpets are - they are pitched in B flat, which means that when the player sees the note C, the sound that comes from his instrument is one tone lower, B flat. So clarinet and trumet music is written one tone higher than the sound required, to compensate. But marimba? No. http://spider.georgetowncollege.edu/music/burnette/MUS111/111h.htm
    Non-transposing Instruments: These are instruments which sound the notated pitch they are playing, though sometimes displaced by an octave (higher or lower). Non-transposing (concert pitch) instruments include: piccolo (sounds 8va–octave higher); flute; oboe; bassoon; trombone; euphonium; tuba; xylophone (sounds 8va); marimba; orchestra bells (sounds two octaves higher); vibraphone; celesta (sounds 8va); violin; viola; cello; string bass (sounds octave lower); harp; guitar (sounds octave lower); piano.

    However, hymn tunes written as for piano or organ, played on pitched percussion instruments like marimba, glockenspiel and zylophone would probably sound rather "dead". Some "restyling" (not transposition) would be necessary. I found an on-line example (Amazing Grace) at: http://www.honeyrock.net/amazing grace.htm
     
  6. Rubato 1

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    (We Hope)

    Don, we want to hear you play this...

    :applause:? or :sleeping_2:?

    Or :tear: or :BangHead:?
     

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