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Marimba

The marimba (/məˈrɪmbə/) is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones. Resonators suspended underneath the bars amplify their sound. The bars of a chromatic marimba are arranged like the keys of a piano, with the groups of 2 and 3 accidentals raised vertically, overlapping the natural bars 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.

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the marimba is not a xylophone. they are both in the wood keyboard family but both have a very different sound. in this video the bottom left is a vibraphone, a metal keyboard that has a pedal you hold down to sustain the sound, the bottom middle is a glockenspiel (bells) often used for melodic parts since it stands above the rest. the other three are marimbas, a large wood keyboard that has a very mellow sound and is often played in the lower register for the deep beautiful sound

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