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New marimba solo: Morning Song!

January 9, 2019


Recently, I finished writing a new marimba solo. It is titled "Morning Song," a name which comes from the origins of the piece. During the Summer of 2015, I was practicing in my Dad's basement every morning (I lived there the summer before I moved to Boston for grad school). I would typically start my mornings by improvising on the marimba for a while. The main riff that is the "chorus" of this tune, so to speak, was one that I found myself playing a lot during these morning improv sessions.

I attempted many times to work it into a full marimba solo, but I almost always let it veer into complications. In the Fall of 2018, I was studying with Dr. Moore at the University of Iowa. he encouraged me to get back to the improvisation side of it, and to work out a full version of the solo without writing it down... just simply play through it enough times that I would have a controlled improvisation through the piece.


This helped me around a huge creative hurdle. I proceeded to perform the solo on a recital (in addition to getting inspired to start several new pieces). After another month or so of playing it, I finally settled on a version and wrote it down. After a few final tweaks, I recorded and published this version of Morning Song for solo marimba.


If you get the music, you may notice there are almost no expressive markings. I think of this more as a pop song, and if you play it, treat it as such. Feel free to watch my version and go off of that. But, more importantly, feel free to make it your own, extract the chord progressions, add other instruments, and create your own "cover" of this tune. Most importantly have fun with it and let me know if you perform it!



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