December 25, 2017

Marimba

The marimba is a large melodic percussion instrument. It is the big brother of the xylophone. The bars are made of Rosewood and has a range up to 5 octaves. The marimba is being used in many types of music. Originaly in South-American folk music, but now also in classical and populair music.

The instrument is played with coton/wol wounded mallets. The number of mallets can vary between two and six.

To play the marimba you need good skils and it takes quite some practice to play well. The sound is warm. I play a Musser 250 Concert Grand of 4.3 octaves (A-C).