Whenever I hear the word “marimba,” I always think of a xylophone only a marimba is something I would call as a “xylophone on steroid.” Why is that? Well, it is huge and almost as long as a normal piano.

For those of you who are not familiar with a marimba, here are 5 facts about this musical instrument:

1. It is a part of the percussion family like the famous drums and timpanis.

2. It is made up of wooden bars struck with mallets to produce musical tones and there is a resonator attached to the bars to amplify the sounds.

3. It has a broader and lower tonal range than a xylophone.

4. It is very famous in Guatemala as history suggests that the Guatemalans would beat gourd resonating marimbas during the 16th or 17th century. Likewise, it was also a musical instrument used in Central Africa during the same period.

5. The modern marimba is commonly made of rosewood and metal bars.


(photos from yahoo images)

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