Place the Instrument: On a Glockenspiel Xylophone, the longer the metal key, the lower the note will sound. Begin by placing your traditional-style instrument on the table with the longest and lowest Blue Letter “C” note on your left. (If you are playing a curved-style Glockenspiel Xylophone, place the larger, lower note Blue Letter “C” at the bottom while you hold the instrument in your left hand.)
Hold the Mallet: Hold the mallet with your dominant hand – unless you are using two mallets. The circular ball on the end is used to strike the metal keys. The end without the ball should rest near the center of your lower palm. Hold the stick a little further up between your thumb and index finger. The mallet should rest on the middle side of your index finger with the large surface of your thumb providing counter pressure on the top. Do not squeeze the mallet too tightly because this adds unnecessary tension and may keep the note from ringing clearly.
Strike the Key: Hit the keys gently and quickly in the center of the metal key so that the mallet ball quickly bounces away from the key. This will produce the best