percussion instruments

per-KUH-shun
[English, ]
Instruments that are sounded by striking, shaking, plucking, or scraping. All instruments such as drums and bells fall into this category. The formal classifications of most percussion instruments are either idiophones (instruments that vibrate when struck, shook, plucked, or scraped) or membranophones (instruments that have a stretched membrane that vibrates when struck, shook, or rubbed). Informally, Percussion instruments may be further divided into those instruments that produce a definite pitch and those that do not. Some whistles (aerophones) are also included in this category of instruments because they tend to be considered sound effects rather than serious instruments.

TABLE OF COMMON PERCUSSION INSTRUMENTS
antique cymbals
bell lyre
celeste
chimes
crotales
glockenspiel
marimba
orchestra bells
steel drums
timpani
vibraphone
xylophone
bass drum
crash cymbals
gong
snare drum
suspended cymbal
tam-tam
tenor drum
tom-tom
acme siren
bird whistle
boat whistle
finger cymbals
flex-a-tone
Jew's harp
marching machine
police whistle
ratchet
rattle
sandpaper blocks
slapstick
sleigh bells
tambourine
temple blocks
thunder machine
train whistle
triangle
vibra-slap
wind machine
wood block
agogo bells
bongo drums
cabaça
castanets
claves
conga
Cowbell
güiro
maracas
scraper
timbales
kick drum
hi-hat
ride cymbal
sizzle cymbal
snare drum
splash cymbal
tom-tom

See Also

[French] batterie ()
[French] instruments à percussion
[German] Schlagzeug
[German] Schlaginstrumente
[Italian] percussione
[Italian] stromenti a percossa
[Italian] batteria ()
[Spanish] percusión
[Spanish] batería

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