Just like the ten commandments in the Bible there are ten double-mallet grips. However, you do not have to apply them all, especially not at the same time. It is, though, as a marimba or vibraphone beginner, good to learn at least some of them before deciding on one or maybe a few. I list them here with the oldest grip first:
- The Traditional grip (circa 1910?)
- The Musser grip (circa 1925?)
- The Leach grip (circa 1940?)
- The Mainieri grip (circa 1950)
- The Burton grip (1960)
- The Gordy grip (circa 1962)
- The Stevens grip (circa 1975)
- The Extended cross-grip or Rosauro grip (circa 1983)
- The Fulcrum grip or Saindon grip (2006?)
- The Johansson grip (2010)
Numbers 1, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10 are cross-grips. Number 4 is both a cross-grip and a parallel grip. Numbers 2, 3 and 7 are parallel grips.
In my following posts I shall deal with each and every of the mentioned grips and include illustrations of me demonstrating them.