vi·​bra·​phone | \ ˈvī-brə-ˌfōn How to pronounce vibraphone (audio) \

Definition of vibraphone

: a percussion instrument resembling the xylophone but having metal bars and motor-driven resonators for sustaining the tone and producing a vibrato

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Other Words from vibraphone

vibraphonist \ ˈvī-​brə-​ˌfō-​nist How to pronounce vibraphonist (audio) \ noun

Examples of vibraphone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His latest undertaking is a sextet featuring five younger musicians on the New York scene: Nathan Reising on alto saxophone, Morgan Guerin on tenor saxophone, Lex Korten on piano, Sasha Berliner on vibraphone and Nick Dunston on bass. New York Times, "12 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 27 Feb. 2020 In Rushefsky’s hands the tsimbl can resemble (or sound like) a harpsichord crossed with a vibraphone. John Adamian,, "Best bets: Our picks for this week’s concerts in Connecticut," 29 Sep. 2019 Envisage Collective, made up of Kris Allen on sax, Chris Dingman on vibraphone and Noah Baerman on piano. Susan Dunne,, "Hartford’s Baby Grand Jazz Series announces 2020 lineup," 4 Dec. 2019 Emil Richards, the famed percussionist, vibraphone specialist and L.A. session player who performed with Frank Sinatra, George Harrison, Frank Zappa and scores of other greats and beat the bongos on the Mission: Impossible theme song, has died. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emil Richards, Legendary Percussionist and L.A. Session Player, Dies at 87," 17 Dec. 2019 Just as the flowing notes grew tiresome, a reflective flute cadenza, answered by shuddering strings and melancholy vibraphone, provided a respite. Washington Post, "The Knights weave old and new in concert of surprises at Dumbarton Oaks," 3 Dec. 2019 The climax of his first set emerged not on vibraphone but on marimba, its lighter, less resonant sound inspiring some remarkable flights of virtuosity. Howard Reich,, "Jazz review: Chicagoan Thaddeus Tukes celebrates ‘Let’s Vibe’ at Green Mill," 16 Oct. 2019 For the very sound of the vibraphone, with its ringing tones and overtones, beguiles and delights the ear, particularly when played as fluidly as Tukes. Howard Reich,, "Jazz review: Chicagoan Thaddeus Tukes celebrates ‘Let’s Vibe’ at Green Mill," 16 Oct. 2019 Gyrating vibraphones, jubilant horn runs, elastic basslines and odes to Weldon Irvine all mesh. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: Queens rapper Homeboy Sandman is back with a classic," 18 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of vibraphone

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for vibraphone

Latin vibrare + International Scientific Vocabulary -phone

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The first known use of vibraphone was in 1926

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“Vibraphone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of vibraphone

: an electronic musical instrument which has metal bars that you hit with small wooden hammers to play notes and which has a motor that makes the notes vibrate

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