C’mon…raise your hands. How many of you think of this little toy when you hear the word xylophone?
Actually, the term xylophone also includes instruments such as the marimba, the semantron and the vibes. BUT (for you purists – I’m talkin’ to you, Mr. C…) while vibes are often called xylophones, they aren’t actually a true xylophone. This is because, unlike the xylophone, each vibraphone bar has a resonator tube with a motor-driven valve at one end that produces a tremolo. Also unlike a true xylophone, the vibraphone also has a sustain pedal like a piano.
Does hearing the xylophone have the same effect on you that it does on this cat?
I hope not, because I’ve assembled a few very short clips for your enjoyment:
Take a breath and hold onto our seat for Ralph Heid, the worlds fastest xylophone virtuoso playing the Flight of the Bumblebee!
Do you prefer jazz? How about the master of the vibraphone, jazz-giant Lionel Hampton!
How about the William Tell Overture featuring Dan Marquis on xylophone with the Indiana Wind Orchestra:
Perhaps you prefer your xylophone to be more…organic?
Or maybe you prefer zen-xylophone (this is actually very neat and worth the watch)…
And how about a piece of classical music written especially for the xylophone:
Would you like to make your own xylophone?
I’m participating in the Blogging From A-Z challenge. One blog post for each letter of the alphabet, each day of April (except Sunday)