Xylophones are keyboard style instruments with wooden or fiberglass bars attached to a frame. Each bar is a single note. The instrument is played by striking the bars with rubber, plastic or brass mallets.
Xylophones are mainly featured in Orchestral music but sometimes find their way into popular music, a famous example being Somebody that I Used to Know by Gotye.
When you borrow a xylophone from RPL, you will receive it in a case to protect it. You will also receive two mallets.
An instrument in good condition makes better music. Please see our Care and Respect video below, to learn how to take care of the xylophone while you have it.
Never played before? No problem! You can also access free step-by-step video lessons for a variety of instruments through our digital services:
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Dimensions: length is approximately 72 cm
Instrument photos courtesy of Vancouver Public Library