Glock Tree

Glock Tree

(Wind Chimes, Foglie do Rame Col Mano, Cortina China, Metallwindspiel)

Mfg. by Emil Richards

More clanky than regular mark tree or windchimes. Bars from 3 glockenspiels strung up on rack.

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Emil Richards' glock tree is simply a mark tree composed of glockenspiel bars instead of small chimes; it is also arranged linearly like the mark tree. Starting in the 1970s, Emil took his incomplete sets of glockenspiels and strung the bars up in the closest chromatic arrangement possible. He coined the term “glock tree” (just as he coined the term “mark tree”). While sweeping the fingers through the glock tree is perhaps the most common method of playing, hitting the bars with a hard bell mallet makes a secondary clanking sound.


  • Listen for the shimmery glock tree in this clip from "Fixer Upper" in Frozen (2013) by Bobby Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.

  • Quick glock tree demo.

Please note: these are just examples, as playing technique and mallet/stick choices often have a great effect on the timbre.

These sound excerpts, to the best of our knowledge (unless otherwise noted), include this actual instrument from our collection. To hear the instrument yourself, or to let us know of any errors, please contact us.