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Percussion Instruments

Percussion instruments are any instruments which produce sound by being struck. Questions about these rhythmic instruments belong here.

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Where did the first drum originate?

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drums were more than likely invented in many places, including Africa, the Middle East, in Mesopotamia or modern-day Iraq. The oldest drums to ever be discovered were found in Iraq, dating back to 3000 BC. In the same general area, there are carvings that depict drums and date back to about 6000 BC.


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The oldest drums we know of were discovered in the region that would have been ancient Mesopotamia, in what is today's Iraq, and are around 4500 to 8000 years old. These drums were very different from and have almost no relation at all to the modern drum set.

Drums were discovered at around the time of 6000 BC. Basically since the dawn of man drums have been used as war signals or for musical, fun purposes.

Drums have been around for thousands of years in many different cultures.
There isn't a specific place. It was invented by the Native Americans or indians. They used it for when they had their ceremonies/rituals (whateverrr!!!). They'd dance around it and sing a song. They would have different instruments, like a drum. They believed the boom sound from a drum was the thunder that would bring them good luck.
well some drums are from marli and are made out of animal skin

Piano instructor that can teach you no one on piano?

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If you're looking for a piano instructor to teach you "No One" by Alicia Keys on the piano, consider searching for local piano teachers or online platforms that offer piano lessons. Specify your interest in learning the specific song, and inquire about their expertise in teaching contemporary or popular music. Additionally, you can find tutorials or sheet music for "No One" online to supplement your learning.

South American Instruments?

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claves, bongos, charango, quena and guio

How does a marimba work?

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The marimba is quite fun to play and is also laid out similarly for musicians familiar with a piano. The play the marimba you use mallets to strike the bars of the instrument which produces tones. By combining multiple mallets and using sheet music, you can make beautiful music with a marimba.

Who invented maracas?

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It is believed that the original maracas were invented by the Tainos who were the native Indians of Puerto Rico during the 16th and 17th centuries. The original model of the instrument was made from fruit and had a round shape.
the man who made it was in the zoloo tribe actually! as the instrument comes from a puerto rican background it was still invented by the man called miyuensa kheleb
No one person was solely responsible for this invention. In Puerto Rico, Venezuela and Latin America, they are considered to be a native instrument.

What instrument do you strike a metal key to play?

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The xylophone has metal keys that you strike with a wooden hammer.

Is kettledrums in percussion?

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Yes. They are also called Timpani and they are considered percussion instruments.

What instruments belong to the turned percussion?

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You have all sorts of drums and cymbals that contribute rhythmically. There are also melodic percussion instruments like the xylophone, marimba, steel drum, chimes and glockenspiel. I do not believe there is a "standard percussion orchestra", so the sky is the limit. You could also include vocalizations, hand clapping, finger snapping and foot stomping.

What is the difference between un tuned and tuned percussion?

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The same as the difference between a tuned and un-tuned wind instrument or string instrument.

What classifies an instrument as a percussion instrument?

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Definition

Percussion is a method of tapping body parts with fingers, hands, or small instruments as part of a physical examination. The purpose is to evaluate the size, consistency, borders, and presence or absence of fluid in body organs.

Percussion of a body part produces a sound -- like playing a drum -- that indicates the type of tissue within the organ:

  • Lungs sound hollow on percussion because they are filled with air.
  • Bones, joints, and solid organs such as the liver sound solid.
  • The abdomen sounds like a hollow organ filled with air, fluid, or solids.

Is the percussion a loud instrument?

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It can be loud but It can be soft and quiet. depending on the percussion instrument you are playing and how you are playing it .

What is a percussion band?

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Any instrument that is played without blowing on it. Drums, or anything else you use a stick to play. Any stringed instrument, and piano's. And odds and end's instruments like tambourines and claves.

Is a timpani a bass instrument?

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Yes it is. Because it creates sound through the vibration of its drum head/stretched membrane.

Does a vibraphone vibrate?

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There are 2 types of percussion, Idiophones and Membranophones

Idiophones are instruments that produce sound by the vibration of the instrument as a whole through hitting,shaking,friction,blowing,plucking and etc. So basically the instrument, as a whole, is the one vibrating and that produces the sound.

Membranophones on the other hand are instruments that produce sound using Stretched membranes, such as, Drum heads and animal skins through Hitting it. So basically, The Stretched membrane is the one vibrating on Membranophone instruments.

How many percussion instruments are there?

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DW is the nickname for the Drum Warehouse which is a drum and hardware manufacturing company based in California. They manufacture a wide variety of percussion instruments including traditional drum lines, snare drum lines as well as other percussion instruments.

What is the famous piece of timpani?

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There are a lot of famous timpani players out there. Some well known timpani players are: Vic Firth and Stanley Leonard.

What are the 10 percussion instruments in the orchestra?

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Here are some instruments you find in an orchestra:

  • Piano
  • Timpani/Tympani/Timps/Kettle drum
  • Triangle
  • Snare drum
  • Vibraphone
  • Bass Drum
  • Cymbals
  • Gong,etc.

Why is the piano important in an orchestra?

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Because Within the orchestra the piano usually supports the harmony, but it has another role as a solo instrument (an instrument that plays by itself), playing both melody and harmony.

Why is the percussion family called the percussion family?

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  1. The first percussion instruments were likely human hands and feet used to clap or stomp a rhythm. Eventually culture discovered that they could create louder, more varied sounds with crafted surfaces and implements.
  2. The most common percussion instruments in the orchestra include the timpani, xylophone, cymbals, triangle, snare drum, bass drum, tambourine, maracas, gongs, chimes, celesta and piano.
  3. It's not easy to be a percussionist because it takes a lot of practice to hit an instrument with the right amount of strength, in the right place and at the right time.
  4. The percussion family is the largest in the orchestra.
  5. Percussion instruments include any instrument that makes a sound when it is hit, shaken, or scraped.

What instrument family includes the timpani?

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The tympani, kettle drum, and the timps are other names for the timpani.

What Musical family includes the timpani?

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A symphony or an Orchestra. There are also some rock drummers who have placed and used timpanis on their drum sets.

What do maracas sound like?

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Maracas sound like rice hitting a hollow wooden sphere, I guess. It makes a "Chi" sound if shaken all fiercely, sort of staccato. If you turn it in your hands slowly, it sounds similar to rain.
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Why is a drum percussion so loud?

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Drum percussion is so loud because of the oscillations of the drum surface. The oscillation of drum surface causes oscillation of air molecules and loud noise.

Does The Cowbell Belong To The Percussion Family?

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Yes, it does. To be more in depth, the cowbell actually is a part of the auxillary percussion family, but it is still considered part of the percussion family(general percussion).