Difficulty: Intermediate / Advanced
Duration: 5 songs, 16:00
Price: $35.00


You will be e-mailed an attachment with scores and parts within 24 hours of your purchase. Scores and parts can be printed from any computer. To pay with a check, email trevino.ivan@gmail.com.

PDFs are now available above! Physical copies will be available at PASIC 2017 at Steve Weiss Music and Lone Star Percussion booths, and soon after on Steve Weiss Music and Lone Star Percussion websites.

When I composed Song Book, Vol. 1 for solo marimba in 2011, I did so with an emphasis on songwriting techniques as opposed to academic, compositional structures. Through this songwriting lens, I created little “tunes” with simple melodic and rhythmic hooks, some of which were conceived away from the marimba, through singing. With Song Book, Vol. 2, I wanted to stretch the boundaries even further. This collection of five songs requires the marimbist to play and sing simultaneously, featuring the marimba as a singer-songwriter instrument, much like an acoustic guitar or piano. It is my hope that Song Book, Vol. 2 helps expand the scope of the marimba beyond a solo, classical instrument, and demonstrates the instruments versatility within the songwriting genre.

Song Book, Vol. 2 was commissioned by a consortium of 30 musicians whose support brought this music to life. The consortium was organized by percussionist and singer, Ben Pitt.

Songs Included: Baila // Truth is Now Opinion // Ghost Arms // Bird’s Eye View // This Little Light of Mine (arrangement)

Vocal Range
I’ve included each song in two different keys to help facilitate different voice types. All five songs are arranged for middle voice and also for high voice or low voice 8vb. I encourage performers to experiment with both versions to find what works best for their voice.

Chord Symbols
I’ve included chord symbols for each song to help performers transpose songs if necessary. Chord symbols can also help performers play the piece with others if desired.