In the documentary, “Mile… Mile and a Half,” a group of artists, videographers and photographers hike the John Muir Trail. At one point, they meet up with two musicians who have brought along a small xylophone. The duo plays tunes on it while sitting on bear canisters high up in the mountains.
One of the most memorable events on a camping trip is sitting around the campfire singing and playing instruments.
Many types of music can be played with an eight note xylophone or recorder. One kind that is very popular is a round. When a round is played or sung, each musician voices the same tune, but each one starts at a different time, and the song fits harmoniously together. Most of the music books in the Popular 8 Note Songs series contain rounds. There are many rounds that can be played on an eight note xylophone including Frere Jacques, Three Blind Mice and Row, Row, Row Your Boat.
Sometimes getting to a campsite can require a long drive in the car. Music helps keep kids (and adults) happy, and a xylophone on a child’s lap can provide hours of entertainment.
All it takes is a music pattern book and a small instrument to make some new musical memories. The Up-a-do Unlimited Glockenspiel Xylophone is small and portable, and campers and backpackers can take it with them almost anywhere.
Wishing you joy on your musical journey!