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Vibes          Return to list of instruments

Vibes is the common abbreviation for the Vibraphone.  It is a percussive, but tuned, instrument, with metal bars arranged like a keyboard, but struck with hammers.  A resonating tube is hung under each bar, which amplifies the sound.  Thus far, it has considerable resemblance to the xylophone and marimba.  What distinguishes it is its vibrato effect  (a wavering of the pitch), which is generated by an electric motor which rapidly opens and closes the tops of the resonating tubes.

The vibraphone was invented about 1920, and it is mainly used in jazz ensembles, popular orchestras, and bands.

Music featuring the Vibes. Audio is available for 4 tunes for this instrument.
No.Name of WorkCategoryComposer
1 Ain't She SweetPopular SongsVarious
2 Fascinating RhythmPopular SongsGershwin
3 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off.JazzGershwin
4 Smoke gets in your EyesPopular SongsKern
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