Accent

Emphasis placed on a particular note that gives it more stress than the others that surround it. Marked as...

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Bass Drum

The lowest pitched drum in a marching band or with a drum set. A two-headed drum, it is usually 20” to 36” in diameter and 18” to 22” in depth. The sound produced by a bass drum should be a low, undefined...

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Beater

A drumstick, usually with a mallet-type head, that beats the...

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Bells

An instrument that consists of tuned metal bars mounted on a rectangular frame, and played with hard mallets. The bars are generally made from cast bronze, but sometimes from steel, aluminum, or nickel....

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Bongo Drums (Bongos)

A pair of small, single-headed drums that are connected in the middle and played with the hands. One drum is stretched tighter around the membrane, giving it a higher pitch than its counterpart. Very common...

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Brushes

A type of mallet that consists of fanned-out wire bristles and are typically used in jazz...

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Cabasa

A Latin percussion instrument consisting of a set of meal beads loosely wrapped around a serrated metal cylinder. It is played by turning the instrument with one hand while resting the beads in the palm of...

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Cajon

A hollow, box-shaped instrument that is sat on and played between the legs with the hands. Cajons originated in Peru and are usually made of...

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Castanets

A pair of hard, spoon-shaped shells, either held in the hand or mounted on hand paddles, that are clicked together in...

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Chimes

An instrument consisting of a series of cast brass tubes, which are mounted and arranged in order of decreasing length and ascending pitch. They are struck with a chime...

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