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Carillon Guide

The chimes enthusiastic as a musical instrument

The chimes is just as much a part of the percussion instruments as the xylophone.
This instrument is very suitable for early childhood music education. There are glockenspiels in various designs, colors and sizes as well as shapes and price ranges. The chimes of the carillon differ from each other and can be divided into several categories. If a child is to learn his first instrument, when buying a glockenspiel care should be taken not to buy a cheap toy glockenspiel, but to choose a real musical instrument for children.

The advantages of the carillon

To master an instrument, it usually takes years of practice and stamina. This especially small children are often overwhelmed. At the chimes On the other hand, it is possible to create harmonious sounds without special technique. Therefore, this instrument is also one of the so-called „self-sounding.“
Even without adult guidance, it is possible for children to discover and retain the fun of making music themselves. In addition, this instrument is not expensive. Depending on the design, the prices are quite different. For the beginning, however, a high quality is sufficient chimes , which is already offered for around 20 euros.

What is the difference between the individual chimes?

The pentatonic chimes has as a sound plate a scale of only five tones. This consists of 3 whole tones and 2 minor thirds. Hence the name
„Pentatonic music.“ An example: g – a – c – d – e.
This glockenspiel is suitable for small children who make their first musical attempts to produce harmonious sounds on an instrument. The pentatonic glockenspiel always results in a harmonious melody, no matter in which order the child strikes the notes. This positive aspect encourages children to continue playing, improvising and discovering new melodies.

The Diatonic Glockenspiel is a Glockenspiel only with major scales. These consist of 5 whole-tone steps and 2 semitone steps.
In chromatic glockenspiel, the octave from c ‚to c „has been divided into twelve semitone steps, so the chromatic glockenspiel has all the semitones between the highest and the lowest tone, which increases the variety of sound.The sound panels are mostly arranged in 2 rows as on the piano.

How is the carillon built?

Unlike the xylophone, the sound tiles of the glockenspiel are made
Metal. The housing of the carillon is made of high quality wood. For the safety of small children, it must be ensured that the sharp-edged metal sound panels are mounted so that they are well anchored in the wooden frame and can not be loosened.

The glockenspiel „in factory condition“ is only a single key playable and C major. This restriction is quite positive for the musical introduction. Normally, the newly purchased carillon will still have „replacement tiles“ added, namely the „Fis“ and „B“. For this the tiles for the F and the H are removed. If in a carillon the „F-tiles“ are exchanged for the two „Fis-tiles“, the G-major scale is created. If you remove the „H-tile“ and exchange it for the „B-tile“, you get the F-major scale, recognizable
through the „b“ behind the treble clef. To avoid constant tile changes, advanced players use a second wood frame containing only the missing halftones (Cis, Dis, Fis Gis and B).

Another variant of the carillon is the Viobraphon. This is a glockenspiel operated with an electric motor. The electric motor closes and opens the resonance tubes in rapid change. This changes the volume and creates a tremolo-like sound.

*Last update on 2018-12-06 / Affiliate links(we get a commission when you buy on amazon) / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API