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A-Star Percussion is great value percussion for both the classroom and personal use. From 30 player percussion packs to triangle beaters, A-Star offers everything you need to get you started. Here are some of my top picks:

 

 

Bells and Triangles

sleigh bellA-Star 21 Sleigh Bells – These are a great addition to a percussion pack, especially around Christmas time! They create a bright tone for a festive effect.

 

triangleA-Star Triangle – Triangles are a great way to introduce percussion to children. Not only are they used in a variety of music such as classical, they are a great way to teach people about timing and rhythm in an ensemble. You can get them in 10cm, 15cm and 20cm – not to mention extra beaters and triangle holders! You can also see A-Star have created packs of triangles too – 5 pack and 10 pack.

 

Castanets

castanetsA-Star Plastic Finger Castanets – Castanets are used in a lot of musical styles, especially Spanish flamencos. They are great for learning rhythms and can be used in dancing as well. There is also the option to have handled castanets that are popular in orchestras.

 

Drums

djembesDjembes are becoming more and more common in popular music as well as a favourable classroom exercises. They are great to learn a different style such as tribal African drumming. You can also get pre-tuned hand drums.

 

Guiro’s and Afuche

afucheA-Star Beaded Afuche – Also known as a Cabasa, they are used in a lot of Latin and Jazz music. It was originally an African Percussion instrument but was adapted into a metal afuche to be used in Latin Percussion. They do not require a lot of hand movement and are popular in music therapy and school percussion classes.

guirooA-Star Fish Guiro – The Guiro is a key element to the rhythm and timing in Latin Percussion. They are similar to the maraca in the rhythmic element expect you are able to control the tone and sound more by using a stick to create short or long strikes.

 

Maracas

maracasA-Star Maracas – Maracas are also a key part of Latin Percussion as well as an accompanying beat in popular music. They come in all shapes and sizes creating different tones. Smaller maracas such as egg maracas create a higher pitched smooth sound and the larger maracas create a deeper louder sound.

Percussion Kits

percussion kitPercussion Kits vary from class room packs to metal, wooden, and even mini Latin percussion. They are great for schools to use in music lessons and also players who are after a certain sounding pack. They all come with storage to keep them in so nothing can get lost.

Shakers

rain stickA-Star Rain Stick – The beads on a rain stick gently fall through the chambers on the inside and resemble the sound of rain falling. They are most popular amongst ensembles and often used in a lot of music therapy groups. It originates from tribes who used them to communicate with the rain storms.

Tambourines

tambourineTambourines either come with a pre-tuned head, tunable head or they are headless depending on what tone you are after. They also vary between wooden and plastic for durability. They have small pairs of metal jingles in the slits around the edge. They are often used in packs but also in popular music, usually by the drummer or lead singer.

Tuned Percussion

xylophoneThe tuned percussion varies between Glockenspiels, Xylophones and Metallophones. Tuned percussion is great for kids as they create and produce a pitch when stuck. This means it is an easy way to teach them to understand notes and octaves in music. They are also used a lot in the orchestral percussion sections.

Woodblocks and Claves

clavesA-Star Claves – Claves are used within percussion ensembles to create the rhythm of the tune. They produce a warm bright tone when struck. They are often used to keep the tempo and commonly during Brazilian and African Music.

 

woodblockA-Star Woodblock – Woodblock is a small slit drum. It is a small piece of wood with a hole carved into it that you hit with a wooden beater. The hole projects the sound to give it a bright percussive tone. They are commonly used on drum kits in popular music as well as orchestral performances.

View our full range of handheld percussion instruments.

If you need any more information on A-Star then please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to help and answer any queries you have. You can get to me on 01283 535 333 option 1, or email to sales@normans.co.uk.

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Lizzie joined Normans after graduating from university in Popular Music with Music Technology. She has been playing the drums for most of her life and gained a great insight into both the technical and live aspects of them. As well as the drums, Lizzie loves to play guitar and will have a go at any instrument she can get her hands on!

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