Xylophones produce sound when their metal or composite material bars are struck using a mallet. The pitch produced depends on the bar's length: short bars tend to have a higher pitch while long bars have a deeper pitch.Know More
The sound is amplified through resonator tubes underneath the bars. Air is pushed into the tubes resulting in more vibration, but at a similar pitch produced by the bar struck. A cord is placed across the middle of the xylophone to lift the bars from the frame, allowing them to vibrate freely. The bars are usually arranged on a frame like a piano keyboard and are tuned to the same 12-note chromatic scale.
Xylophones are categorized as percussion instruments, which are musical instruments that have to be shaken or struck to produce sounds. Within the larger percussion category of musical instruments, xylophones are further classified as idiophones. This uniquely distinguishes them from membranophones, which are musical instruments that have a membrane, such as a drum.
The xylophone is believed to have originated in Oceania or Southeast Asia. It produces a unique brittle metallic sound. The quality of sound produced by a xylophone typically depends on the skill level of the player. The mallet is also crucial to the sound produced; mallet grip is an important technique for playing the xylophone.Learn More
There's no specific person who has been identified as the inventor of the xylophone. Xylophones can be traced back to being invented in both Asia and Africa. A little evidence suggests that the instrument originated in Indonesia; however, most experts disregard the evidence.Full Answer >
Acoustic scientists discovered that 3,000-year-old conch shells used as trumpets make a haunting and droning sound. Trumpets made of metal, such as bronze and silver, produce a buzzing vibration occurring inside the instrument. They date back to 1500 B.C.Full Answer >
Stringed instruments create sound through the vibrations caused by the musician's manipulation of the strings. This is achieved through strumming, striking, plucking or rubbing a bow across the strings. The strings are supported by a bridge that transfers their vibrations into the top of the instrument, referred to as the sound board. The sound board carries the vibrations to the instrument's body, which is called the soundbox or resonator.Full Answer >
The clarinet produces sound by blowing air across a reed, into the mouthpiece, down through the body of the instrument and by pressing keys or covering holes on the instrument to change notes. The notes change in this manner because it disrupts the airflow and the wavelength of the air moving through the instrument.Full Answer >