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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Claves

A pair of cylindrical wooden sticks that are clicked together, and often used to keep time in Latin music. They are usually about an inch and a quarter thick, and sometimes made from synthetic...

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Common Time

4/4 time signature, indicating 4 beats to the measure with the quarter note receiving the beat. Marked either of the following...

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Conga

A drum with African/Cuban origin that is played with the hands. Shaped like a barrel, it sits on the floor or on a stand and can be played sitting or standing. It has a head on one side...

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Cowbell

A metal instrument used in latin and rock music, usually to lay the rhythmic foundation for the song. They were originally worn by cattle so that farmers would be able to hear them and locate...

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Crash Cymbal

A loud, sharp cymbal, usually used for emphasizing a certain beat in a song, rather than played repeatedly. A crash cymbal can be mounted and struck with a stick, or played by hand in...

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Cymbal

A copper/bronze (or variation of metal alloy) disk struck with a drumstick or crashed together by hand. Cymbals can serve many different purposes in music, such as keeping time in jazz music, adding strength...

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