Mallet Percussion Instruments

  • Neville H. Fletcher
  • Thomas D. Rossing
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Most music authorities define an idiophone as a musical instrument (usually of wood, metal, or plastic) that makes a musical sound when struck. From a musical standpoint, tuned idiophones (e.g., the xylophone, marimba, vibraphone, bells, glockenspiel, chimes, celesta, gong) produce tones of a definite pitch, whereas untuned idiophones (e.g., the cymbal, tam-tam, triangle, and wood block) do not. From a mechanical standpoint, we could classify them into one-dimensional and two-dimensional vibrating systems, as discussed in Chapters 2 and 3, respectively. This chapter deals with one-dimensional idiophones, mostly of the tuned type and played with various types of mallets.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Neville H. Fletcher
    • 1
  • Thomas D. Rossing
    • 2
  1. 1.CSIRO Australia, Research School of Physical SciencesAustralian National UniversityCanberraAustralia
  2. 2.Department of PhysicsNorthern Illinois UniversityDe KalbUSA

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