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Music

Marimba

The marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones. Resonators attached to the bars amplify their sound. The bars are arranged as those of a piano, with the accidentals raised vertically and overlapping the natural bars (similar to a piano) to aid the performer both visually and physically. This instrument is a type of idiophone, but with a more resonant and lower-pitched tessitura than the xylophone.


Modern uses of the marimba include solo performances, woodwind and brass ensembles, marimba concertos, jazz ensembles, marching band (front ensembles), drum and bugle corps, and orchestral compositions. Contemporary composers have used the unique sound of the marimba more and more in recent years. Marimba bars produce their fullest sound when struck just off centre, while striking the bar in the centre produces a more articulate tone.

For learning Marimba one needs to learn interlocking rhythms and melodies on marimbas as well as supporting percussion which is complex and might require help from trainers or professionals to help you imbibe these skills set.




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