The instrument is played by merely hitting certain points on the xylophone with a mallet to produce a sound. The sound waves bounce off the interior of the instrument and escape through the hole that has been cut into it, thus producing a specific note for each spot that you can hit.
Historically, instruments similar to the xylophone drum, normally referred to as a tongue drum, have been found in many ancient cultures which include parts of Africa, Central America, and East and Southeast Asia. The evolution of the tongue drum has greatly improved the sound quality in comparison to its ancestors. What used to be a hollowed-out log with slits cut into it has evolved into the instrument you see before you now with much more attention to detail in regards to tuning, adaptation to our Western musical alphabet, and acoustics. Nowadays they are tuned to an accurate pentatonic scale and are best played as a percussion instrument but are still dynamic enough to be included in some melodic orchestrations.
Our xylophone drums make a perfect gift for anyone, Australian or abroad! In terms of musicianship, it can add a new dynamic to a musician’s composition as it is fairly easy to adapt to no matter what the musician’s primary instrument is. Keeping in mind that some musicians prefer certain keys over others, which is usually a result of which instrument is their primary, our xylophone drum can be ordered in any desired key. You can simply request this through our product inquiry box.
This instrument isn’t just a good gift for a musician, but it is also great for kids, too. Because of the soft sound of the instrument, you can rest assured that you can leave your child alone playing on the instrument without him or her making too much of a commotion. On top of that, since the instrument is tuned to a pentatonic scale any note that is played will sound good in context with all other notes played along with it.
This instrument along with other ones similar to it are not just used in personal settings but professional settings as well. Instruments similar to this in terms of being in a diatonic key (as in it contains no notes that are outside of a certain key thus making all notes sound good together) are used with medical patients who suffer from dementia and memory loss. These musical instruments act as a guiding and support tool for those struggling with these conditions and are highly praised amongst music therapists and therapeutic musicians.
All in all, if you don’t fall under any of these categories listed above this instrument is still a great stress reliever at the end of a hard day of work that you can leave on your dining room table and play a simple melody on whenever you want without any musical background. You will be amazed at how your guests and family will be drawn into playing it if it’s just sitting in the room and how much of a positive atmosphere it can create through its warm sound.