All Things Percussion

Percussion is the use of any instrument that produces sound by shaking, tapping, rubbing or other maneuvers. While it is often used in conjunction with other instruments or music to provide a background or rhythm, percussion is musically successful all on its own. Many different items exist that are classified as percussion, which are further categorized into several groups. Percussion societies and organizations exist to foster the development of skills and techniques to continually improve in competence in this musical area.

Percussion Instruments

Percussion instruments are further divided into several categories. Some percussion items, such as bells or a xylophone, carry tones and are considered tuned percussion. Other items, such as drums, are called untuned items. Percussion may also be further classified into areas such as their historical or cultural background. For example, castanets are considered Latin percussion, while the fumbo has an African origin.

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