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Percussion Instruments

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Definition of Percussion Instruments
Definition of Percussion instruments: A family of instruments generally played by striking with hands, sticks, or mallets but occasionally played by being shaken. Often made of wood with a skin stretched over one side of it.

Origin of the word Percussion
The word is taken from the act of percussing, or striking one body against another, a forcible collision especially such as gives a sound or report.

Types of Percussion Instruments
There were many types of Percussion Instruments played during the Medieval times including the instruments detailed in the following list:

  • The Drum - Drums were made initially from a hollow tree trunk, clay or metal and covered by skins of water animals - also called tambours
  • Cymbals - Thin round concave metal plates
  • The Triangle - The triangle was a musical instrument introduced during the 14th century
  • The Tambourine - This musical instrument was traditionally used by a woman
  • The Tabor - a small drum used as an accompaniment to a pipe or fife, both being played by the same person.
  • Timbrel - This musical instrument was also referred to as a tambourine and dates back to antiquity
  • Bells - the use of Bells also dates back to antiquity
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