Wind Chimes

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Instrument Name

Objects such as metal, wood, bamboo, brass, rock salt, keys, shell. and glass hung from a string and agitated. They can be played in any key.

Etymology and Alternative Spellings

Glass Wind Chimes - Ger. Glas-Windglocken
Bamboo Wind Chimes - Ger. Bambusrohre; It. Bambu Sospeso; Fr. Bambou Suspendu


Mark Tree

Also known as: Bar Chimes
A series of small graduated brass tubes that are suspended from a length of wood. Consists of a high-pitch, micro-tonal sound. Names after its creator Mark Stevens. [1]

Metal Wind Chimes

This instrument consists of pieces of metal that are suspended from a frame and hung in such a way that they strike against each other when the wind blows or the frame is shaken. [2] Most often the metal pieces are tubular. Metal Wind Chimes are not to be confused with a Mark Tree(Bar Chimes). Metal Wind Chimes can consist of resonant metals or non-resonant metals as well as metals with definitive pitches and those without.

Glass Wind Chimes

Suspended pieces of thin glass activated by the wind or by being touched/agitated slightly. Can also be referred to as glass chimes.

Bamboo Wind Chimes

They are also known as Japanese or Wooden Wind Chimes. Varying lengths of bamboo suspended in the air. Some bamboo wind chimes consist of bamboo tubes cut in half (from top to bottom) while others consist of whole, tubular pieces of bamboo.

Cane Wind Chimes

Water Chimes

Four mounted brass clock disks on a pipe frame, suspended above a container of water, with a foot pedal for operation. This particular device was invented by Emil Richards. Another type of water chime consists of dipping a single chime/tubular bell into a container of water. A simple way to construct this is to use a 10 gallon bucket or a large cooler filled with water, a cymbal stand, and a bungee cord. Hanging the chime from the bungee cord allows you to strike the chime and lower it into the water without having to hold the chime in your hand.

Shell Wind Chimes

Suspended pieces of sea shells.


Sticks, Mallets, Beaters





See Also


  1. John H., Beck. Encyclopedia of Percussion. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995. (accessed January 27, 2013)
  2. John H., Beck. Encyclopedia of Percussion. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995. (accessed January 27, 2013)