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last updated:  May 9, 2004

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Date: May 9, 2004 at 22:36 [EST]
From: Richard Baxter
Comments: Coooool Website here........All best wishes.......Cheers.....From Drummer Richard Baxter

Date: March 25, 2004 at 08:14 [EST]
From: Chris D'Sylver
Comments: I am a pro drummer from the UK. The site was full of interest, and i will be returning to it. Nicely layed out. Very best regards. Chris.

Date: February 20, 2003 at 08:46 [EST]
From: Xena
Comments: great site---keep up the good work!

Date: December 24, 2003 at 15:35 [EST]
From: Larry Lawless
Comments: Thanks for doing the work to put up this site, especially the mallet instrument database. Reading through your comments on the FAQs, I'd say your right on the money!

Date: December 24, 2003 at 12:32 [EST]
From: Colin Thornton
Comments: Right now I'm a hobbyist marimba player; i.e., no professional gigs. But I practice every day and I'm having a great time. I've just downloaded the Samba Comping tips and I'm going to play them right now.

Date: December 12, 2003 at 11:53 [EST]
From: Dave Engelmann

Date: November 20, 2003 at 22:20 [EST]
From: Brunhilde
Comments: Hi Sara, just thinking about you and what you're up to, your stuff is awesome!!keep up the great work!

Date: October 22, 2003 at 04:36 [EST]
From: Colin Toomer
Comments: Hello Mr. James Walker,

See my playing drs with our local b/band'Basin City Big Band'Whangarei, Nthland.New Zealand. Presenting playing drumset for local production of 'My Fair Lady' A lady percussionist in playing timps, though would of liked to of combined doing both. No room in pit, so she is opposite end of pit. She got a load of 2 Adams timps from local Youth Orchestra. I play timps with local Brass Band, similar to English Brass Band set-up. Will send you this bands site address. The band has 2 pedal Premier timps, with tuning settings. Will send photos & sizes soon.

Let me know good time to send personal emails for advice.

Colin Toomer (57 yrs)
Northland, New Zealand.

Date: October 17, 2003 at 23:28 [EST]
From: Tim
Comments: Hi, i was choosen to play vipraphone for the jazz ensemble! i don't have much experience but only from and orechestra playing slow stuff! this site as helped me heaps! if u have anytips e-mail me plz thanx!

Date: October 13, 2003 at 14:15 [EST]
From: Nicholas Mohan
Comments: hi i am an arranger from NY and i would like to about jazz arranging and soloing .if u have any tips feel free to contack me.I also play the steelpan and am looking for a musical partner to link with.

Date: August 27, 2003 at 16:14 [EST]
From: Brian Berry
Comments: Just got my marimba back after 25 years and i am trying to find as much info as possible. Keep the lessons coming. Thanks.

Date: August 15, 2003 at 05:33 [EST]
From: Max Babi
Comments: Hi Jim
I was reading things at Steve Yeager's website and found yr link. I am a jazz evangelist, operating in India, [that makes me as rare as a Giant Panda!] and I review cds for Sony Jazz, am on board of, and -you can read my articles archived under 'My Journey Into Jazz' aimed at the novices, and the well-informed jazz afficionado's.
Would like to chat with you sometime.
Send me an email pl.
Tks and all the best,

Max Babi

[going to review Yeager's new cd soon]

Date: May 29, 2003 at 07:20 [EST]
From: brad shores
Comments: really enjoyed your great web sight!!
you are extremely talented!! keep it up.

Date: May 15, 2003 at 02:01 [EST]
From: Tom Cummings
Comments: I play vibes and drums professionally in the Houston area. I'm a Mike Balter endorser--He's made me some really wonderful mallets. I don't have a homepage, but after seeing this one, I am having second thoughts. I'm looking forward to covering the neat stuff on this site. You will probably hear from me from time to time. It's really GREAT to find a site dedicated to something I love so much.

God Bless You,
Tom Cummings.

Date: Apr. 17, 2003 at 12:57 [EST]
From: Gordon Francis Blaney Jr.
Comments: This web site is great. It's very informative and clear. I wish the author would reconsider and post new material.

Date: Mar. 4, 2003 at 21:12 [EST]
From: Greg Thymius
Comments: Jaaammes -

Ken & Monet were over the other night and we listened to "Rhyme and Reason," as Ken doesn't have a copy and wanted to hear it. I enjoyed it as I have done all along, even though Ken kept scrunchng his face and turning down the parts that had his solos. That booger-head, I should sound that bad. Much love to Sarah, hope you are well.

Date: Mar. 1, 2003 at 18:34 [EST]
From: Rob Willmann
Comments: James, Thanks for coming by my site and registering on my message board. Look forward to having my site up.

Date: Feb. 5, 2003 at 09:15 [EST]
From: Wim Lasoen
Comments: I just want to let you all know that my formal web pages on the marimba assigned to have now moved to the new domain

Please adjust your links if you have them ... thanks.

See you soon!

Date: Jan. 28, 2003 at 20:21 [EST]
From: Carlos Vera Pinto
Comments: Great page. Congratulations.

Your lesson are very fine.

I am a Vibist and Percussion teacher in U. Católica de Chile, in Santiago.

Date: Jan. 24, 2003 at 09:36 [EST]
From: Adam Leith
Comments: Very impressive website - I found the lessons espetially useful. Please keep them coming!

Date: Jan. 12, 2003 at 06:04 [EST]
From: Richard Baxter
Comments: COOOOL Website here..........All Best Wishes......From Drummer Richard Baxter

Date: Jan. 8, 2003 at 13:33 [EST]
From: Bob Levey
Comments: Dear James

Thank you for all your help. Your site is great and you are very helpful to all of us out there trying to learn how to play the mallet instruments.

I listened to some of your sound files and they are wonderful. Tell us where we might be able to purchase your cd's?


Bob Levey

Date: Dec. 3, 2002 at 22:10 [EST]
From: Ivelin Drumev
Comments: James Walker is one of the best vibraphonist on the world for me but I can't find his discography here in Rotterdam.I'm student here with percission, and I want to know more for him not only in Internet.Thank you.

Date: Nov. 17, 2002 at 22:10 [EST]
From: Ridwan Arifandi
Comments: Hi! I'm from indonesia. I'm a amateur drummer. I think your site is good enough. Hey..... Can u help me to teach how about play drum?

Date: Nov. 1, 2002 at 13:09 [EST]
From: Chris Stieve-Dawe
Comments: Hi James ! keep the good music coming,a nice site, very informative.
Bestwishes Chris Osnabrück/Germany

Date: Oct. 30, 2002 at 14:25 [EST]
From: Brent Gilpin
Comments: James,

Great looking site! Just thought I'd stop by. See ya in "the Cafe!"

BAnimalG from

Date: Sept 26, 2002 at 01:02 [EST]
From: Richard Baxter
Comments: Hi very cool website good work all best wishes keep on drumming cheers!!Richard Baxter ---World largest drum kit 115 pieces & "CD's" @

Date: Sept 6, 2002 at 09:33 [EST]
From: Dick & Sheila Burbank
Comments: What fun to dance to your music and experience your talents. It was like being in the "islands". Looking forward to future concerts. The Burbanks

Date: June 11, 2002 at 16:25 [EST]
From: Sharon Wendt
Comments: God bless you!

Date: May 30, 2002 at 12:25 [EST]
From: Anthony Fontana Jr.
Comments: Great website. Your "lessons" are inspiring. Where do you find the time to do all things you're doing and keep up a website? Thanks for sharing your gift with the world!

Date: April 16, 2002 at 08:00 [EST]
From: Deb
Comments: Jim Walker performed at my party this past weekend. He was fabulous! The party guests really enjoyed his music and thought it was a nice touch to the party. I highly recommend this very talented musician. He also is a pleasure to work with... very reliable, prompt, courteous. Again, a fine musician and businessman... what a combination! Thanks Jim!

Date: Jan 20, 2002 at 12:52 [EST]
From: Thomas Rubin
Comments: This a great site. Come and see my homepage.


Date: Dec 23, 2001 at 22:23 [EST]
From: Ron Chambress
Comments: Want to learn vibes. Do you know of a good lesson source and type of vib I should start with? Is there a good book on the vib. Thanks for any reply. Ron.

Date: Oct 9, 2001 at 23:41 [EST]
From: Gary Rich
Comments: I'm a third year vibes student and I just dicovered your site late this evening while searching for tips on chord voicing. This is exactly what I was searching for.

Date: Sept 26, 2001 at 19:40 [EST]
From: Michael Hinton
Comments: Look forward to meeting you.

Date: Sept 25, 2001 at 16:45 [EST]
From: Carol Orlandi
Comments: Here is the new address for Liam Teague's page. Please visit!

Date: Sept 1, 2001 at 16:49 [EST]
From: Liontaris LTM Flashmane
Comments: I'm a composer and I was seeking to learn more about technique for vibraphone. I found your site most useful in describing some advanced techniques that I may use in my later works.

Date: May 3, 2001 at 5:14 [EST]
From: Carol Orlandi
Comments: My daughter is a percussion student and NIU, and I do a web page for Liam Teague. I found your page by folling links from NIU, but I had to change a letter in their link to get to you. I'm enjoying your music files from East Shore.

Date: Apr 16, 2001 at 15:39 [EST]
From: John Harrison
Comments: Hi James! Thanks for the link to me. Tuned percussion isn't my gig, but your site is still a pleasure to browse.

Date: Apr 8, 2001 at 22:44 [EST]
From: Michael Cain
Comments: Dig the page. Wondering if you will be gigging in the Minneapolis area.

Date: Apr 4, 2001 at 14:44 [EST]
From: Wim Lasoen
Comments: Your site is so fantastic! Especially the lessons are very unique on the web.
I will link your site on with a lot of enthousiasm!!!

Date: Mar 19, 2001 at 16:55 [EST]
From: Mary Agnes Young
Comments: Heard you today at the Travelers. You were great! I was pleased to spend a portion of my lunch listening to you.

Date: Mar 8, 2001 at 14:13 [EST]
From: nor-eddine bahha
Comments: Even if I am a pianist amateur of jazz, I find your site very interessant. friendly

Date: Feb 7, 2001 at 12:05 [EST]
Comments: Nice web page!

Date: Feb 7, 2001 at 07:47 [EST]
From: Brian Knivett
Comments: GREAT SITE

Here is another !!

Date: January 4, 2001 at 21:49 [EST]
From: Will Conrad
Comments: What a great site. This is the first guestbook i have signed but I like this site so much I feel obligated to use it. The lessons are especially helpful and fun to read.

Date: November 25, 2000 at 12:28 [EST]
From: Marc Alderman
Comments: Great site. Thank you for so sharing those great vibe lessons. I can't wait to go home and practice. One suggestion is to put some sort of order to work though the lessons.

Date: November 20, 2000 at 17:06 [EST]
From: Ron Sikes
Comments: James,

Great website. Great lessons. IF you are ever in the St. Louis area let me know. I would love to get a lesson with you.

Date: August 25, 2000 at 23:01 [EST]
From: Bjarte K. Helland
Comments: Nice site. I'm more of a progressive rock/metal/funk-type of guy. But I'm trying to get more into Jazz and expanding my horizon.

Btw: Great soundclip; what's your point. Keep drumming into Eternity!!

Bjarte, Norway

Date: August 18, 2000 at 18:29 [EST]
From: Pamela Young
Comments: A very cool webpage.  Thanks for the hyperlink in the newsletter!  I'm in Stew's cybercafe (Downtime Online Cafe) and waiting for the soundbit to download so they can hear it. Come down (Ives Street) and say hi sometime!

Date: July 29, 2000 at 16:09 [EST]
From: Iwan H.
Comments: Very impressive CV.

Date: June 26, 2000 at 21:26 [EST]
From: Valique Golo
Comments: The guy from Belarus (feel like taking trouble to find it on the map?). Thanx a lot for the lessons. I've been looking for the ones like that for quite a while. Get on the web some more!!! THANX

Date: May 9, 2000 at 11:50 [EST]
From: Fuad Saba
Comments: Great web site. I saw you play in Millburn with the High School and I hope to purchase your new recording when it is released. Good luck

Date: Mar 21, 2000 at 12:30 [EST]
From: Joe Williams
Comments: Your website is very impressive. I found the lessons extremely informative. I began playing jazz vibraphone myself about two years ago and look forward experimenting with your suggestions on applying four mallet technique to improvisation. Keep up the good work and please e-mail me if you are performing anywhere near Tallahassee, FL. Thanks!!

Date: Feb 21, 2000 at 17:08 [EST]
From: David San Juan
Comments: I found your site through  Thanks for your suggestions.

Date: Feb 10, 2000 at 15:47 [EST]
From: Tom Sweeney
Comments: Found your site through for the suggestions/lessons for developing an approach to comping...good stuff!

Date: Feb 5, 2000 at 11:05 [EST]
From: Kevin Nichols
Comments: Found your page by chance. Very impressive and inspiring. Will be back soon!

Date: Jan 22, 2000 at 23:07 [EST]
From: Harry Sheppard
Comments: interesting stuff in  on Kat, etc. etc. thanks for your input.

Date: Jan 12, 2000 at 16:43 [EST]
From: Mark Mahoney
Comments: James,

Wonderfull page!!!!! I am visiting it several times a week. I grab a little bit and run to my practice studio with it. Then come back for more.

Thanks for a wonderful resource.

Date: Jan 12, 2000 at 16:24 [EST]
From: Patrick J Burke
Comments: Pleasure visiting your site. Berklee alumni from the 70's out of San Diego. Drums being my first instrument, vibes, and been doing pan work for the last 2 years. I'm building my website now. Your's is real good. professional. See ya!

Date: Jan 12, 2000 at 01:34 [EST]
From: Tony SanFilippo
Comments: Jim,

The site looks great and sounds good too!

Play Well


Date: Jan 9, 2000 at 19:38 [EST]
From: Larry Romaine
Comments: The web page looks great!!!

We loved seeing you in Naugatuck and REALLY enjoyed the concert!!

All the best to you in the New Year and we look forward to seeing you - the sooner the better

Date: Dec 21, 1999 at 22:42 [EST]
From: Eric Rath
Comments: Hey Jim, great site. Thanks for all of the information that you provide through Best of luck in all of your endeavors! Peace be with you.

Date: Dec 21, 1999 at 10:35 [EST]
From: Charles Bubeck
Comments: Jimmy "Dyn-o-mite" Walker,

Great web site buddy. I found the lessons to be particularly helpful. I printed out 110 copies and sent them to all my friends in Norway, I hope you don't mind. (Nobody really takes Title 17 of the US code very seriously do they?) You really ought to think about writing a whole book on Jazz voicings for the vibraphone - I would make lots of copies of that too. Keep swingin'!

Date: Dec 18, 1999 at 03:41 [EST]
From: Rick Weingarten
Comments: i play vibes in the Denver area, enjoyed your web page!

Date: Dec 16, 1999 at 13:59 [EST]
From: Dan
Comments: Cool page, man. I got the link from vibenet. Lookin good! Keep jammin, man! - Dan

Date: Dec 16, 1999 at 10:38 [EST]
From: Robert W. Karow
Comments: I'm retired, 58 years old, and started taking vibes lessons 2 years ago. I enjoy it a lot and find the vibes websites interesting and informative. Thank you for your input!

Date: Dec 9, 1999 at 22:53 [EST]
From: Pablo Rivas
Comments: your page is great and the articles are very interesting. GO ON!!

Date: Dec 1, 1999 at 07:51 [EST]
From: Ray Smith
Comments: Nice job Jim! I'm impressed with your musical talent as well as your web site talent! Keep up the good work. Good luck

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