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  percussion instrument - HighBeam Encyclopedia
PERCUSSION INSTRUMENT [percussion instrument] any instrument that produces musical sound when its surface is struck with an implement (such as a mallet, stick, or disk) or with the hand.
Among the percussion instruments used in the West are the bell, the celesta, the glockenspiel, the xylophone (and similar marimba), and the Caribbean steel drum.
In general, percussion instruments are not tuned by construction; pitch, tone, and volume depend on the skill of the performer.
www.encyclopedia.com /doc/1E1-percussi.html   (266 words)

 Percussion instrument carrier - Patent 4256007
The combination as defined in claim 4 wherein said carrier comprises a plurality of clamps for suspending said percussion instrument from said carrier in a desired position between said spaced-apart arm members; and tie-down means adpated to be releasably coupled to said arm members for bracing said percussion instrument therebetween.
The present invention comprises a percussion instrument carrier adapted to be worn by a marcher for comfortably maintaining the instrument at a substantially constant position during marching.
In a preferred form of this invention the percussion instrument carrier comprises a rigid supporting frame comprising a pair of spaced-apart loops for engaging the shoulder blades of the marcher and a cooperating, integral portion adapted to contact the back of the marcher for suspending the apparatus from the player's torso.
www.freepatentsonline.com /4256007.html   (2279 words)

 Writing and playing percussion instruments
Percussion instruments have particularities regarding notation and the link between the score and a sound card or a MIDI synthesizer.
There are two types of percussion instruments: chromatic percussion instruments with which you can play a melody (xylophone, vibes, timpani,...) and percussion instruments with an undefined pitch (bass drum, cymbals, maracas,...).
For the percussion instruments with an undefined pitch, the situation is different.
www.arpegemusic.com /percussion.htm   (586 words)

 percussion instrument
Percussion instruments can be divided into those that can be tuned to produce a sound of definite pitch, such as the timpani, tubular bells, glockenspiel, xylophone, and piano, and those of indefinite pitch, including the bass drum, tambourine, triangle, cymbals, castanets, and gong.
The timpano is a large hemispherical bowl of metal with a membrane stretched across the rim, affixed and tuned by screwtaps or with a pedal mechanism; tubular or orchestral bells are vertically suspended on a frame and struck at the top end with mallets.
These instruments were often used by Witold Lutoslawski in his orchestral works; the glockenspiel is a small keyboard of aluminium alloy keys played with small beaters; the xylophone has hardwood, rather than metal, bars, and is played using hard-headed beaters to give a distinctive ‘pop’ to the sound.
www.tiscali.co.uk /reference/encyclopaedia/hutchinson/m0012323.html   (306 words)

 The Atlas Orthogonal Percussion Adjusting Instrument   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The atlas orthogonal precision instrument was designed to deliver a precise chiropractic adjustment based on the specific misalignment findings from your x-rays.
Technically, the instrument delivers a mechanical impulse through a metal stylus by means of a pressure-controlled actuator.
The instrument allows the doctor to adjust the atlas misalignment with a very high degree of precision while applying minimal physical pressure.
www.atlasorthogonality.com /instrument.htm   (156 words)

 Percussion Instruments | Drum | Tambourine | Bell | Maracas | Music | Musical   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Percussion instruments are a very important part of a song.
The cabasa is another hand-held instrument that produces a "beans in a shaker" kinda noise.
This hand held Latin instrument is usually shaken in pairs and sound is produced by beans or beads hitting the inside wall of the instrument.
www.kidzworld.com /site/p1055.htm   (493 words)

 themusicedge.com :: Percussion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
And even with all those different kinds, there are really only two types of percussion instruments: those that make a definite pitch, and those that don't.
A timpanist uses pedals on the floor to change the pitch of the instrument and it is considered to be the most difficult and specialized percussion instrument.
The instrument is hit on the top and there are small pieces of wire that rattle to make the distinct snare sound.
www.themusicedge.com /moxie/school/bandorch/percussion.shtml   (549 words)

 Musical Instruments - Percussion
As new instruments were introduced to the drum set (tom-toms and the high hat cymbal) in the late 1920s and 1930s, new techniques developed.
The instrument is made by bending a steel rod into a triangle shape with an opening at one corner.
The harp is a stringed instrument and produces a sound by plucking the strings which are perpendicular to the body of the instrument.
library.thinkquest.org /15413/instruments/percussion.htm   (1050 words)

 HyperMusic -- Musical Instruments: Percussion
A percussion instrument is one that is shaken or hit to make a sound.
Other percussion instruments that do not produce a definite pitch are generally termed unpitched percussion.
Some of these instruments which add colour to an ensemble are the triangle, gong, castanets, rattle, cowbell, woodblock, tambourine, maracas, claves, and whistles.
www.hypermusic.ca /inst/perc.html   (130 words)

 Percussion instrument - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Instead, it is an aparatus (often used in theatre as a sound effect) in which a sheet of canvas (a membrane) is rubbed against a screen or resonator -- this activity produces a sound which resembles the blowing of wind.
Percussion instruments play not only rhythm, but also melody and harmony.
Because of the diversity of percussive instruments, it is not uncommon to find large musical ensembles composed entirely of percussion.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Percussion_instrument   (1496 words)

 Percussion instrument (via CobWeb/3.1 planetlab1.cs.virginia.edu)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Some Percussion instruments play not only rhythm, but also melody and harmony.
Most Percussion instruments have a distinct tone; even drums are tuned.
Percussionists are also called upon to play a variety of instruments which are not percussive or are not generally thought of as Percussion instruments.
percussion-instrument.iqnaut.net.cob-web.org:8888   (303 words)

 Percussion bar instrument (US4543871)
A percussion bar instrument including cradles slidably mounted on a mounting base to hold percussion bars of varying lengths in a variety of arrangements with each bar held at its nodal points.
A percussion bar instrument for utilizing percussion bars of varying lengths in a variety of arrangements with each bar held at its nodal points, said percussion bar instrument comprising:
percussion bars mounted in said cradles, each percussion bar having a pair of opposing openings at its nodal points adapted to receive the nodal pins of the cradles.
www.delphion.com /details?pn=US04543871__   (190 words)

 Timpani, Percussion Instrument
With a name that means, "the hitting of one body against another," instruments in the percussion family are played by being struck, shaken, or scraped.
Percussion instruments are classified as tuned or untuned.
The percussion instruments are an international family, with ancestors from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe, representing musical styles from many different cultures.
www.dsokids.com /2001/dso.asp?PageID=173   (244 words)

 The GPO Tuned Percussion
N.B. The sounding range of each GPO instrument is what appears when it is loaded into the Kontakt player, so if you want to input from your keyboard using the normal notated range, you must compensate by octave or double-octave transpositions within your sequencer.
Unless you are writing for a top professional orchestra, it is wise not to write for instruments which may not be available (probably for reasons of expense).
I suppose piano could be used more frequently than any, then perhaps celesta; after that most instruments should have few appearances, especially crotales (=ancient cymbals) which give a one-off exotic touch to the music.
www.garritan.com /tutorial/GPO_TunedPercussion.html   (566 words)

 Tambourine - Percussion Instrument   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The tambourine is musical instrument of the percussion family consisting of a single drumhead mounted on a ring with small metal jingles.
It is held in the hand 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.
Buben is a musical instrument of the percussion family similar to a tambourine.
www.percussionmusic.us /instruments/tambourine.html   (440 words)

 Do It! Play Recorder and Do It! Play In Band   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Auxiliary Percussion instrument alternatives are suggested in Book 1 to facilitate a comprehensive approach to percussion performance.
World Percussion instrument alternatives are suggested in Book 2 to facilitate a world music orientation to percussion performance.
Percussion Ensembles (28 in Book 1 and 22 in Book 2) help to develop section skills and provide excellent opportunities for concert performance.
www.giamusic.com /doit/percussionBook.html   (264 words)

 Build a Percussion Instrument   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
Sound is created on a percussion instrument when something is struck.
Drums, xylophones, maracas, guiros, sticks, woodblocks, triangles, cow bells, chimes, and cymbals are percussion instruments.
Percussion instruments are found in cultures all over the world.
www.scappoose.k12.or.us /grantwattsschool/fun/build_a_percussion_instrument.htm   (36 words)

 Percussion   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The first type of percussion instrument was simply anything hit together to produce sound.
Percussion instruments have strong ceremonial, sacred, or symbolic associations almost everywhere.
A percussion instrument is defined as instruments made of sonorous material.
www.mathcs.duq.edu /~iben/percus.htm   (179 words)

 MrBell.com > Band Instruments > Percussion Guidelines   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-21)
The most common misconception about percussion is that "drums are easy." The complete percussionist must be able to play the snare drum, bass drum, mallet percussion (keyboard), timpani, auxiliary percussion instruments, and eventually drum set.
Students will be assigned to play different percussion parts throughout the year to assure experience on all instruments.
Students are responsible for the care and maintenance of all percussion instruments at all times.
users.foxvalley.net /~maryandadam/Band/Instruments/Percussion_Guidelines.htm   (164 words)

 Percussion instruments
Instruments that are sounded by striking, shaking, plucking, or scraping.
Percussion instruments may be further divided into those instruments that produce a definite pitch and those that do not.
Also [Fr.] batterie; [Fr.] instruments à percussion; [Ger.] Schlagzeug; [Ger.] Schlaginstrumente; [It.] percussione; [It.] batteria; [It.] stromenti a percossa; [Sp.] percusión; [Sp.] batería.
www.music.vt.edu /musicdictionary/textp/Percussioninstruments.html   (86 words)

Jupiter Band Instruments, Inc., and its subsidiary Ross Mallet Instruments, in conjunction with noted percussion educator and clinician Dr. Stephen Crawford, have developed a program that fills a void that has existed in percussion education for years.
The Ross/Jupiter Beginners Percussion Learning Program is designed to enable students to affordably get a "real" instrument and thereby increase their level of enthusiasm about mallet percussion.
Mallet percussion instruments have traditionally been cost prohibitive for beginning percussionist.
www.jupitermusic.com /percussion.html   (374 words)

 Percussion Instrument Music - Find, Compare, and Buy at Shopping.com
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 Percussion Instruments
In 1898, Barnum and Bailey's circus pigs were trained to play this instrument, among other feats.
The xylophone is a percussion instrument (one that is played either by striking, shaking or scraping it) that likely originated in Southeast Asia or Oceania.
It's one of the central instruments of the music of Africa, possibly being brought to that continent through trade or people migrating from other places.
www.americaslibrary.gov /cgi-bin/page.cgi/sh/oddball/mallet_1   (265 words)

 Geophone (percussion instrument) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The geophone is a percussion instrument, invented by the French composer Olivier Messiaen for use in his piece for piano and orchestra Des canyons aux étoiles… ("From the canyons to the stars…").
Messiaen commissioned a Parisian instrument maker to construct one to his design, and he carried this instrument worldwide to early performances of the piece (which was given its first performance in New York).
Messiaen's wife, Yvonne Loriod, commented that when she and the composer first collected the new instrument from the maker in her car it made a "splendid crescendo" whenever they went round a corner.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Geophone_(percussion_instrument)   (172 words)

 percussion instrument — FactMonster.com
Among the percussion instruments used in the West are the
triangle, in music - triangle, in music, percussion instrument consisting of a steel rod bent into a triangle, open at...
castanets - castanets, percussion instruments known to the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, possibly of Middle...
www.factmonster.com /ce6/ent/A0838262.html   (204 words)

 ArtsAlive.ca - Music : Instrument Lab
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Percussion instruments are made of naturally resonant materials like skin, wood or metal.
Sound is produced when the instrument is struck.
www.artsalive.ca /en/mus/instrumentlab/percussions.html   (457 words)

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