Chime bar

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A set of nine chime bars, tuned diatonically

A chime bar or resonator bell[1] is a percussion instrument consisting of a tuned metal bar similar to a glockenspiel bar, with each bar mounted on its own wooden resonator.[2][3] Chime bars are played with mallets again similar to a glockenspiel.

The sound is similar to a glockenspiel, but with much more sustain, similar in this respect to a vibraphone but without the vibrato.

Chime bars can be arranged on a table to be played by a single player, or played by a group in a similar fashion to handbells, with each member holding a chime in one hand and a mallet in the other. They are used from professional music to classrooms.[4]

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  1. ^ Jerry Storms (1 December 2001). 101 More Music Games for Children: New Fun and Learning with Rhythm and Song. Hunter House. pp. 23–. ISBN 978-0-89793-298-1. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Studio 49 Individual Chime Bar C52-A73: Musical Instruments". Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Paytons - Chime Bars". Retrieved 20 April 2021.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2012-03-10.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "LP Concert Series Bar Chimes - 25 Bars". Archived from the original on 2012-03-11. Retrieved 2012-03-10.