This is an examination of pedagogical techniques to be taught to marimba and percussion students in order to improve the technical aspects of quality sound production. Examined first is the interpretation of time and techniques used to improve performing precise metronomic time. Secondly, specific movements of the body are discussed in an effort to minimize the risk of pain or injury after prolonged practice. The second section also addresses the concept of controlling the breath while performing and how breathing techniques from other musical activities can be translated to the marimba and other percussion instruments. Lastly, the paper discusses controlling the stroke speed while playing, which can improve musical interpretation.
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