Percussion is an instrument that is either struck or scraped using hands and beaters etc. Percussion is split between two styles, tuned percussion which usually has a skin that can be tightened or loosened to create an identified pitch and un-tuned percussion which is a raw sound when struck. Here is a list of an example of percussion instruments: Drum Kits A drum kit is a mix of different size drums and cymbals. Generally made up of 5 pieces, they are often expanded and played by 1 person sat behind the kit. They are most common in bands and ensembles.

  • Full Size Drum Kits
  • Junior Drum Kits
  • Electric Drum Kits
Orchestral Percussion Orchestral percussion is made up of a varied amount of instruments. Played in styles such as concert bands and classical music, a large part of being an orchestral percussionist is to get the texture and pitch of the instruments perfect.
  • Timpani
  • Tubed Percussion
  • Glockenspiels
  • Xylophones
  • Marimba
  • Vibraphone
Marching Percussion Marching Percussion is designed to be played whilst moving. They are worn using straps to support them and tuned to a high pitch for a perfect clean tone. Marching percussionists are often referred to as the battery.
  • Snare Drum
  • Bass Drum
  • Tenor Drum
  • Marching Cymbals
African Percussion African drums are made from raw materials and provide a spoken language in the Western Africa culture. It dates back to the 13th century and was used in African tribes proving a fast rhythm to communicate.
  • Djembe
  • Ghana Bell
  • Balaphon
  • Shekere
  • Kalimba
  • Caxixi
  • Doum Doum
  • Afuche
  • Talking Drum
  • Slit Drum
  • Kpanlogo Drum
Caribbean Percussion Caribbean percussion is widely adapted by African and European percussion. The most popular instrument originated in Trinidad and Tobago is the Steel Pan.
  • Steel Pan
  • Maraca
Indian and Middle East Percussion Indian and Middle East Percussion are referred to as the category membranophone. A lot of the percussion is hand played and is known to be one of the most rhythmic forms of drumming.
  • Tabla Drums
  • Dholak
  • Tibetan Singing Bowl
  • Doumbek
  • Bhangra
  • Mridangam
  • Ghatam
  • Kanjira
Irish Percussion Irish percussion, sometimes referred to as Celtic percussion, is mostly known for its Bodhran Drum.
  • Bodhran Drum
  • Celtic Bones
  • The Spoons
Latin Percussion Latin Percussion is part of the wide range of musical styles used in Latin Music. It is influenced by African tribal music. It is well known for its very energetic and creative styles.
  • Congas
  • Timbales
  • Bongos
  • Cajon
  • Guiro
Samba Percussion Samba percussion is loud and consists of a lot of drums and smaller percussion instruments. Another percussion instrument that is designed for walking, they are popular in large carnivals attracting lots of listeners.
  • Surdo
  • Caixa
  • Repinique
  • Tamborim
  • Ganza
  • Agogo
  • Reco-Reco
  • Chocalho de Platinela
Hand Held Percussion Hand Held percussion is extremely popular amongst schools and group work. They are instruments that are specifically designed to be played by either shaking or striking them and small enough to hold.
  • Bells
  • Castanets
  • Chime Bars
  • Triangles
  • Claves
  • Tambourines
  • Woodblocks
  • Percussion Sound Effects
  • Cymbals
  • Tambourines
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