Xylophone’s are a percussive instrument that features wooden bars of varying sizes arranged horizontally within a frame. You play a xylophone by striking it with mallets. This instrument is simple to play, as evidenced by the fact that it is commonly used in elementary schools and in music therapy sessions with disabled individuals. If you’ve ever wanted to play a musical instrument, the xylophone is an excellent place to start.
Strike various bars of the xylophone with your mallets by hitting the bars in the central-most point for maximum tonal and resonating qualities. As you strike the bar, allow the mallet's head to bounce back upward slightly to let the note ring out. If you want to deaden the note immediately, place your index finger on the mallet's handle between your hand and the mallet's head and keep the mallet on the bar for a second or two once you strike the bar.