History and Information about the Vibraphone
The vibraphone, also known as the vibraharp or the vibes, is a pitched percussion instrument consisting of metal bars (usually aluminum) that are struck with mallets to produce different notes. It also has a sustain pedal similar to that of a piano. The vibraphone is a member of the idiophone family, which includes the xylophone and marimba. Although related to these older instruments, the vibraphone as we know it today was not invented until the early 20th century. The vibraphone is used extensively in jazz, and also has a sizeable classical repertoire.
When to Start on the Vibraphone
You can start learning the vibraphone as young as age 6. However, since the vibraphone is a large instrument, students may be more comfortable starting on a different percussion instrument or keyboard instrument such as the piano and then switching to vibraphone when they are physically able to do so.
Getting a Vibraphone
The vibraphone can be an expensive instrument that takes up a significant amount of space in your home. However, many stores offer digital alternatives or rental instruments. Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a vibraphone or an alternative instrument.
For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). We also provide piano repair and tuning services, please ask for this information if you are interested!
Purchasing Books for Your Vibraphone Lessons
Most books and supplies are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.