Salyers Percussion: Makoto Nakura Signature Mallet
At a pianistfs recital at Carnegie Hall, the audience gasped when he beautifully changed the timbre in the middle of the piece. I was fascinated to hear what a wide and expressive quality he had. Playing with virtuosic technique is one thing, but he pulled off the entire evening thanks to an amazing array of colors he was able to produce from the piano.
Throughout 30 years of my professional career as a solo marimbist, this is the very thing I have always wanted to achieve; expanding the expressive quality of the marimba by performing with a wide range of tonal colors. The marimba is an instrument which not only has a nice sound, but also can portray every emotion we have in our life.
The main goal of my signature mallets focuses on this point. Each mallet responds to the playerfs touch sensitively, so the player can produce a wide range of expression. Although I have seen many mallets which make me feel like I am controlled by the mallets themselves, these are the mallets which players themselves need to control depending on what kind of color they want to produce.
Playing a full recital is a good testimony to show the range and depth of a musician. For such a demanding occasion, I am certain that these mallets would help those performers create amazing musical experiences for the entire evening, just like how I felt for the pianist at Carnegie Hall.
Description on each hardness/softness
MN1 (Soft): This is designed to be held as a base mallet when one uses four mallets. Since it is soft and heavy enough, it gives a solid foundation to the harmony. By using just two mallets, this mallet produces clean base line in marimba ensembles as well as stylish shape when one plays Bachfs cello suite, for instance.
MN2 (Medium Soft): This is well suited to play soft four voice chords. By two, it makes nice legato lines.
MN3 (Medium): This very versatile medium mallet can be used for many four mallet solo and chamber works which need a wide variety of sound quality.
MN4 (Medium Hard): This is very versatile, too. From solo works to concerto in particular, this mallet can be used for many occasion. This works great on the vibraphone as well.
MN5 (Hard): During the height of a concerto performance, we need mallets which can cut through the entire orchestra. This would be useful in solo playing in big percussion ensembles, too.