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

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His longtime bandmate Wolf, the acclaimed vibraphone and marimba virtuoso, joins him for what is sure to be a series of spellbinding improvisational dialogues. Maura Johnston,, "Folk & World," 20 Sep. 2018 Flickering guitar effects, vibraphones, delicately brushed drums create a soft bed for Nau’s warm vocals to rest in. John Adamian,, "Best bets: Our 7 picks for this week’s concerts in Connecticut," 8 Sep. 2019 Chris Barrick’s vibraphone was set up onstage for all to see, as was Mikel Combs’s upright bass. Michael J. West, Washington Post, "Whether in a quintet or trio, Shannon Gunn delivers exciting sounds at Blues Alley," 6 Aug. 2019 Her frequent collaborator, the musician Jodie Landau, will conduct original works as well as pieces by Bjork and Reggie Watts, performed by vibraphone, harp and choir. Agatha French,, "Looking for literary fun? These 5 L.A. book events include magic and a little library on wheels," 5 July 2019 The artist’s new EP opens with a set of interlocking rhythms connecting a four-on-the-floor bass drum, vibraphone-suggestive mid-range loops, a conga in the background and some crazy high-hat action. Randall Robertsstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "California Sounds: New L.A. music from Cooper Saver, La Santa Cecilia and Allah-Las," 24 July 2019 The work featured timpani, vibraphone and a variety of more obscure instruments and percussive effects. Matt Schudel, Washington Post, "Michael Colgrass, composer who used humor and headstands to win listeners, dies at 87," 6 July 2019 The new album features more textures and flavors, including African, Middle Eastern and Indian influences, more keyboards and a wider array of instrument such as calabash, gourd banjo, four-mallet marimba, bowed vibraphone and more. Gary Graff, Billboard, "The Steel Wheels 'Keep On' Keeping On: Video Premiere," 11 June 2019 Weaving his present reality as a son of immigrants with childhood memories, Lange's vocals are stimulated by the power and warmth of keyboard pulsations and the subtle percussion of a vibraphone. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 50 Best Albums of 2019 (So Far): Staff Picks," 3 June 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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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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