Volume III: Mallets, Meters & Multiple Percussion
By Jerry Leake
Volume III of Series A.I.M. examines percussion instruments and repertoire, metric concepts,
and multiple percussion designs present within traditional and contemporary classical music.
The first section "Mallets" focuses on the understanding and performance of various mallet
instruments from timpani and bass drum, to xylophone, marimba and orchestra bells. Each chapter
contains detailed illustrations, descriptions and performance repertoire. Section Two "Meters"
examines metric concepts including odd meters, changing meters, metric modulation, rhythmic phasing,
polymeters and polyrhythms. The final section "Multiple Percussion", examines percussion set-ups
designed by traditional and 20th-century composers with techniques and concepts of percussion
notation and performance. This final section on multiple percussion combines all topics presented
throughout Series A.I.M., as ideas are presented for designing and performing a multiple percussion
set-up. This section will conclude with ideas for combining categories of instruments from different
Review"Jerry Leake's percussion text books reveal that as a musician, he is dedicated to the study of musical concepts and the mastery of instruments and repertories from across the world. In his three-volume Series A.I.M. Percussion Texts, for example, Leake discusses percussion instruments, rhythmic practices, and musical styles—both classical and contemporary—from Africa, Asia, and the Americas. As a musicologist, I appreciate this worldwide perspective. As a performer, I have found Leake's approach to 'getting inside rhythms' to be liberating. Most of all, I respect his ability to clearly explain multiple musical traditions while offering ideas about the adaptation and synthesis of these traditions for the sake of musical performance today."
Assistant Professor of Music, Gordon College