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Category: Xylophone

The xylophone (from the Ancient Greek words ξύλονxylon, “wood”[1] + φωνήphōnē, “sound, voice”,[2] literally meaning “sound of wood”) is a musical instrument in the percussion family that consists of wooden bars struck by mallets. Like the glockenspiel, the xylophone essentially consists of a set of tuned keys arranged in the fashion of the keyboard of a piano. Each bar is an idiophone tuned to a pitch of a musical scale, whether pentatonic or heptatonic in the case of many African and Asian instruments, diatonic in many western children’s instruments, or chromatic for orchestral use.

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