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your arms when executing a roll. Use your wrists, hands and
fingers, and be sure to keep your muscles free of tension.
When executing the roll on tone bars to the left of your
body, put the right-hand mallet in front of the left-hand one.
On bars to the right of your body, you put the left-hand mallet
in front of the right-hand one.
If you can read simple music, you can start to play popular
and other music on the xylophone or marimba after a few days
of practicing. The notes are right there in front of you and all
you have to do is to strike them to bring forth their deep,
resonant tones. The most important things to watch are the
positions of your hands—keep them low, and the tenseness of
your muscles. Most beginners get too tensed up, and you must
constantly correct this if you find that you are doing it. The
other important thing to practice is the roll. This simply must
be practiced every day on a number of different tone bars until
you have mastered it. You will then have your instrument
under control and can make it produce its very best.