Stevens Grip versus Burton Grip

Topics: Melody, Chick Corea, Interval Pages: 10 (286 words) Published: November 8, 2013
AUSTIN
 SMITH
 

PROFESSOR
 HOLM
 

10/7/13
 

 
 
 When
 comparing
 the
 videos
 demonstrating
 the
 Stevens
 Grip
 versus
 the
 Burton
 
Grip,
 I
 found
 that
 neither
 trumps
 the
 other
 in
 supremacy.
 They
 both
 possess
 
qualities
 that
 would
 be
 needed
 for
 different
 styles.
 In
 the
 first
 video,
 Gary
 Burton
 
playing
 with
 Chick
 Corea,
 the
 grip
 that
 he
 invented,
 The
 Burton
 Grip,
 was
 crucial
 for
 
the
 style
 he
 is
 playing.
 He
 was
 playing
 Jazz
 Vibraphone,
 and
 the
 burton
 grip
 is
 
designed
 to
 have
 a
 smaller
 interval
 range,
 which
 allows
 the
 player
 more
 freedom
 in
 
playing
 melodic
 passages.
 When
 Burton
 was
 playing,
 he
 would
 play
 chords
 for
 when
 
Corea
 was
 soloing,
 and
 Corea
 would
 play
 blocked
 chords
 whenever
 Burton
 would
 
solo,
 which
 he
 did
 by
 kicking
 out
 the
 lower
 mallet
 in
 his
 hands,
 and
 be
 play
 melodic
 
passages
 with
 just
 two
 mallets.
 His
 mallets
 seemed
 to
 be
 covered
 in
 tightly
 wound
 
cord.
 

 
 
 During
 the
 marimba
 concerto
 played
 by
 Nebojsa
 Zivkovic,
 he
 was
 utilizing
 the
 
Stevens
 Grip,
 which
 allows
 for
 a
 more
 open
 and
 spread
 interval.
 When
 using
 this
 
grip,
 it
 is
 hard
 to
 do
 what
 Burton
 did,
 which
 was
 kick
 out
 a
 mallet
 to
 play
 melody,
 
but
 usually
 this
 type
 of
 grip
 is
 used
 to
 strict
 4-­‐mallet
 playing
 which
 includes
 blocked
 
chords,
 octave
 rolls,
 and
 fast,
 sweeping
 passages
 that
 cover
 the
 entire
 instrument.
 
Zivkovic’s
 mallets
 seemed
 to
 be
 made
 of
 yarn,
 as
 was
 evident
 in
 some
 yarn
 hanging
 
off
 the
 mallet
 head.
 
 

 
 
 The
 certain
 grips
 are
 used
 in
 different
 settings
 based
 on
 physical
 requirements
 the
 
piece
 demands
 whether
 it
 be
 fast
 chords
 and
 then
 suddenly
 melody,
 or
 sweeping
 
passages
 that
 cover
 the
 instrument.
 The
 burton
 grip
 wouldn’t
 have
 worked
 for
 
Zivkovic
 because
 it
 required
 larger
 intervals,
 and
 likewise
 to
 Gary
 Burton.
 
 


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