The Fresh Approach series by Mark Wessels provides students and teachers well organized, easy to understand instruction for percussionists, drawing from Wessel's numerous years of experience in some of the best beginning percussion programs in the country.
A Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion has everything you need to start mallet playing with success! Lessons proceed in a logical progression of skills, with lots of supplemental exercises and material to work on skills. With a large focus on reading, the note sizes begin very large and eventually get smaller to help students work on peripheral vision, and music theory lessons are integrated throughout the book. Fresh Approach to Mallet Percussion includes lessons on basic technique, scales, reading in treble and bass clef, as well as a mini-book in the back discussing basic timpani playing. A CD of play along tracks is included to give students material to practice with!