Percussion Instruments

Xylophone

A keyboard instrument consisting of metal or wooden bars that are tuned and played with mallets. The bars are skinnier than those of a marimbaAn instrument that consists of a large frame and a set of tuned...

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Wood Block

A hollowed out wooden instrument that is struck with a mallet. There are many different shapes and sizes of wood blocks, each creating a specific tone and...

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Vibraslap

An instrument consisting of a stiff wire connecting a wood ball to a hollow box of wood with metal “teeth” inside. When the ball of the vibraslap is struck, it vibrates the metal teeth and makes a long...

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Vibraphone (or vibes)

A keyboard instrument that is made from metal bars and resonators that are rotated by an electronic motor. This motor helps to create a vibrato effect while the notes are...

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Udu Drum

A pot made out of clay, with a hole on top that resonates the sound when it is struck with the hand. It can makes a deep sound, or a short clap-like sound, depending on where it is...

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Timpani

Very large bowl-shaped drums made of copper or brass. Most often used in orchestras and symphonies, this drum has a foot pedal that is attached to the head mechanism which changes the tension, and therefore...

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Triangle

A metal bar bent in the shape of a triangle and struck with a small metal mallet. Triangles vary in size, and create a very high, metallic...

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Tom-Tom

A single cylindrical drum, with either one or two drum heads. Tom toms are mounted on a drum set, and range anywhere from 6” to 24” in size. The tension of the drum head and the size dictate the pitch of the...

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Temple Blocks

A set of wood blocks that vary in size and pitch, are generally mounted on a stand and played with mallets or...

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Tam-Tam

A type of gong that produces an undefined pitch when it is played. In addition, all tam-tams are flat-faced, while some other types of gongs have a raised center, called a...

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Tambourine

A wood or plastic circular frame with pairs of small metal jingles attached to the side. This instrument often has a drum head, although some variants do not. When the frame is struck, the jingles shake...

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Talking Drum

Originating from West Africa, this hourglass-shaped drum is bound with animal skin and rope in such a way that, when the rope is squeezed between the arm and the body, it changes the pitch of the drum back...

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Steel Drum

A pitched percussion instrument, made from 55-gallon industrial drums, which formerly contained chemicals. The drum originated in Trinidad and Tobago, and is designed in such a way that different spots on the...

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Snare Drum

One of the more common drums in marching bands and drumlines and the primary drum of a drum set. This drum contains metal wires (snares) that are attached to the bottom of the drum and help create its...

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