Press Release (ePRNews.com) - LOS ANGELES - Mar 16, 2017 - Modern, online kids brand, Hudson’s provides today’s little ones with traditional toys for play. With an emphasis on wooden and handmade, Hudson’s aims to bring the fun and carefree nature of traditional play back to life. Musical toys such as a xylophone offer kids the ability to develop and strengthen various parts of their brain while having fun banging on a colorful toy that makes a beautiful sound! Here’s 10 fun facts about the historic instrument that has been a staple inside children’s toy boxes worldwide for centuries.
10 Fun Facts about the Xylophone:
1. A xylophone is a musical instrument made up of a row of wooden bars of graduating lengths. The bars are struck with one or more mallets to produce a sharp, short, high pitched sound. Similar instruments made with metal bars, like Hudson’s version, are technically called a Glockenspiel.
2. Glockenspiel is a German word translated to ‘bell play’. It was named this because the sound that is created by striking the metal bars with mallets is reminiscent of the sound of bells.
3. Historians believe that the xylophone originated in Southeast Asia, although many forms of the xylophone are found in Africa. The oldest known xylophone dates back to 2000 BC.
4. The xylophone is part of the percussion family.
5. The different lengths of the xylophones bars are what make each sound different when struck with a mallet. Longer bars will generate lowers notes while shorter bars will produce a sharp, high note.
6. Mallets can be made of wood, rubber or metal.
7. The sound of Fred Flintstones’ twinkling toes in the well-known cartoon series, The Flintstones, was created by the xylophone.
8. The first time a xylophone was played as part of an orchestra was in Engelbert Humperdincks’ 1983 opera of Hansel and Gretel.
9. Professional xylophone musicians can play the instrument with four mallets! (Two in each hand!)
10. Popular modern musicians and bands, including Bruce Springsteen, Radiohead, Jimi Hendrix and The Beatles used in a number of their famous hits.
Hudson’s has compiled these facts about xylophones to share the remarkable impact one toy can have on a children’s growth and development. Hudson’s handmade, wooden xylophone (http://www.hudsonsco.com/) is crafted using high quality materials and has been expertly tuned for accurate sound quality. A durable, child-safe instrument, the metal bars have been secured tightly and the wooden structure and mallets are smooth and splinter-free. A songbook is included with every xylophone, with seven handpicked nursery rhymes that are color-coded and easy to read, allowing mini musicians to become rockstars in no time at all.
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