The Structure of the Marimba
What kind of instrument is the marimba?
Learn the names of the parts
Names of the different parts of a marimba
The lower the sound, the larger the tone plate
The marimba is a pitched percussion instrument. When the wooden tone plates that are lined up like piano keys are struck, notes sound out. These tone plates are longer the lower the note, and are also wider. On a five-octave marimba, the tone plate for the lowest note has a width of 80 mm and a length of around 620 mm.
The mallets are made of various materials and have various shapes
The sticks used to beat the tone plates are called "mallets." Some mallets in use have rubber heads wrapped with yarn, while others are made just out of soft rubber. As the photograph demonstrates, mallets are also made in various shapes.