The glockenspiel is an instrument made of tuned metal keys placed alongside one another like piano keys. This percussion instrument is similar to a Xylophone but the keys of a xylophone are made of wood rather than metal. A marimba is a large xylophone style instrument with a series of metal pipes beneath each of the wooden bars or notes. These metal pipes act as sound resonators (pictured above). The sound from a glockenspiel is produced by a musician striking the metal keys with a mallet made of metal, plastic or rubber. Multiple keys can be struck at the same time using multiple mallets. The glockenspiel pitch is high so it is usually limited to music in the upper register. However, Virtual Piano provides the opportunity to transpose the sound and increase the Glockenspiel's range.
A bell lyre is a type of glockenspiel that is held in a harness and played in an upright position. It is commonly used in marching bands. The all-percussion Drum and lyre corps in the Philippines use this as a main instrument. Glockenspiels produce a distinctive sound and feature in a variety of music genres.
Their unique sound can be heard in a variety of popular music including tracks by the Beach Boys, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, Radiohead and Jimi Hendrix. Virtual Piano offers you the chance to discover the sound of this instrument using our online glockenspiel. Select 'Glockenspiel' from the options in the 'Sound' menu on the main piano dashboard.
Learn to play the glockenspiel in less than one minute, anywhere, anytime. You can use your computer, tablet or even mobile device.
Anyone can experience the glockenspiel through Virtual Piano. You don’t need to be able to read music or to have played the glockenspiel before. Virtual Piano music sheets contain letters that correspond to the keys from a QWERTY keyboard. So it’s quick and simple to pick up. You can enjoy playing the glockenspiel instantly - anywhere, anytime.