Definitions for vibraphoneˈvaɪ brəˌfoʊn
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a musical percussion instrument resembling a xylophone and having metal bars struck with mallets and electrically powered resonators to sustain the tone and create a vibrato.
Category: Music and Dance
Ref: Also called vibraharp.
Origin of vibraphone:
1925–30; < L vibrā(re) to shake + -phone
vi•bra•phon•istˈvaɪ brəˌfoʊ nɪst, vaɪˈbrɒf ə-(n.)
vibraphone, vibraharp, vibes(noun)
a percussion instrument similar to a xylophone but having metal bars and rotating disks in the resonators that produce a vibrato sound
A percussion instrument with a double row of tuned metal bars, each above the tubular resonator containing a motor-driven rotating vane, giving a vibrato effect.
The vibraphone is a musical instrument in the struck idiophone subfamily of the percussion family. The vibraphone is similar in appearance to the xylophone, marimba and glockenspiel. Each bar is paired with a resonator tube having a motor-driven butterfly valve at its upper end, mounted on a common shaft, which produces a tremolo or vibrato effect while spinning. The vibraphone also has a sustain pedal similar to that used on a piano; when the pedal is up, the bars are all damped and the sound of each bar is shortened; with the pedal down, they will sound for several seconds. The most common uses of the vibraphone are within jazz music, where it often plays a featured role, and in the wind ensemble, as a standard component of the percussion section.
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