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The Percussion Family

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Emma Kersley

on 5 August 2013

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The percussion is the largest in the orchestra
The Percussion Family
Percussion instruments include any instrument that makes a sound when it is hit, shaken, or scraped.
Percussion instruments keep the rhythm, make special sounds and add excitement and color.
Unlike most of the other players in the orchestra, a percussionist will usually play many different instruments in one piece of music.
A type of drum, they consist of a skin called a head stretched over a large bowl traditionally made of copper
They are played by striking the head with a specialized drum stick called a timpani stick or timpani mallet
It is a bar of metal, usually steel but sometimes other metals like beryllium copper, bent into a triangle shape.
The instrument is usually held by a loop of some form of thread or wire at the top curve.
It was first made around the 16th century
consists of a frame, often of wood or plastic, with pairs of small metal jingles, called "zils".
The tambourine can be held in the hand or mounted on a stand, and can be played in numerous ways, from stroking or shaking the jingles to striking it sharply with hand or stick or using the tambourine to strike the leg or hip.
Pitched Percussion
A pitched percussion instrument is a percussion instrument used to produce musical notes of one or more pitches, as opposed to an unpitched percussion instrument which is used to produce sounds of indefinite pitch
Vibraphone (metal with petal)
Marimba (wood)
Xylophone (wood)
Usually consist of the snare, tom toms, bass drum, high hat, and cymbals
Most drummers extend their kits from this basic pattern, adding more drums, more cymbals, and many other instruments.
More Drums!..
Various Other Idiophones
The Percussion Ensemble
The marimba consists of wooden bars with resonators that are struck with mallets to produce musical tones.
Marimbas have a 4 octave range.
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