Why is xylophone pronounced with AZ?
Put them together and you get ξύλοφωνή (xylophone), meaning “wood sound.” The reason for the “x” and for pronouncing it “z” is that non-Greek speakers find it difficult to say “kSEElo,” so we ease back and pronounce it “zylo.”
How do you read a xylophone?
The lowest note on a xylophone is F, which is on the fourth line of the staff. The fourth line is just above the top line. This F will be on the far left of the instrument and usually is labeled with an “F.” To the right of the F is G, written in the top space of the bass clef.