How to Hold Four Mallets Using Stevens Grip




These are the simple steps of how to hold four mallets before being able to play with four mallets. You can use this if you want to play marimba, xylophone, or vibraphone music that involve four notes at one time.

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Step 1: Wrapping the Ring and Pinkie Finger

Grab one of the two mallets and wrap your ring finger and pinkie finger completely around the near bottom of the mallet.

Step 2: Placing the Other Mallet

Pick up the other mallet and place the very bottom tip of the mallet in the middle of the palm of the hand holding the mallet.

Step 3: Wrapping the Middle Finger

Wrap the middle finger around the mallet sticking out of the palm of the hand.

Step 4: Placing the Thumb

Stick the thumb straight up the same mallet.

Step 5: Placing the Index Finger

Place the index finger on the back of the same mallet, and then point the index finger like a gun.

Step 6: Gripping the Left Hand

Repeat the exact same steps, just using the left hand now.



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    5 years ago on Introduction

    Interesting. Wish I'd known about this when I was using my mallets to play a trap set. Used to roll a rented xylo over the top of my kick drum (sans resonators) and would play with four mallets. Snare/Hi-hat with my left hand, Ride/Floor Tom with my right. It was a fun little experiment, never got very good at it but it was a neat trick.