Questions tagged [percussion]

Musical instruments played by striking with the hand or with a hand-held or pedal-operated stick or beater, by shaking, or by rubbing.

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Timpani alternative in the band room

I’m looking for a cheaper alternative to the timpani, that may be used in a middle school band. Any Ideas? Thanks in advance.
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Path for learning cuica

Really hard to find anything for this lovely crazy little thingy. Can anyone give me hints for a learning path? What is the first skills I need to acquire? Even sounding up and downstrokes I guess? ...
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What is the name of these tubes, that emit sound when being swung?

The group "Walk off the earth" are performing a video cover of "Hello" using some colourful sound generators, that emit sound when being swung (e.g. in seconds 00:05 to 00:10): ...
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Is this a correct traditional grip?

I know I put the stick on my ring finger but the exact joint that I’m supposed to have it on confuses me as I was told to do this, but it is slightly painful and my ring finger slides around a lot.
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how do you get the pitch of a triangle to get higher or lower?

how to get the pitch of a triangle higher or lower?
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Samba percussion for songwriters

I'm a song-writer (a guitar player) and I need to write drum parts for myself. I discovered how cool the brazilian samba carnival percussion is (not the watered down European jazz-samba), but haven't ...
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Mnemonic or memory aid for Xylophone, Glockenspiel, Marimba, and Vibraphone

I am a choral director who has been transplanted to concert band. I know the differences between the percussion keyboards in theory, but in practice I still need to do an internet search to remember ...
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What is a dotted quarter note, 100 BPM, with a triplet eight note pulse

What is a dotted quarter note, 100 BPM, with a triplet eight note pulse? My son is in percussion and he has a recording he needs to do and this is the "timing" he was given. Can someone help tell me ...
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In percussion notation, how does one interpret a slurred tremolo?

My question is about tied/slurred tremolos in percussion music notation. I've had my bongo drums for almost half my life, and am just now deciding to buy a book and learn how to play Afro-Cuban ...
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What is this sound, instrument? (Rheingold, Wagner)

I am currently composing something and I really want to have this sound in my piece. It sounds like a small hammer hammering on metal. It starts at 1:08:07 (...
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How to calculate the size of a xylophone bar according to its pitch

I am new to StackExchange, and I have a question about a school project I'm working on involving constructing an instrument. I am building a xylophone-glockenspiel-mash kind of thing, but I wanted to ...
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Mic Placement for Live Percussive Guitar

Like the title says: Does anyone have tips for mic placement that will help pick up and project percussion (generally through a PA system). I'm beginning to get more into the "live performance" scene ...
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Is it best to use a tie when using 8th notes off the beat?

I am notating my bongos in 4/4 and if you look at the last two bars, they are almost the same. Can you please help me by telling me if the 3rd or 4th bar would be more correct? It seems silly using a ...
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Did the rain stick originate independently in multiple continents?

There is a traditional rain stick (percussion instrument) in Africa, Latin America, and I believe in Australia as well. Was it invented separately, or did one culture influence another? Here is a ...
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Cajon - What thickness Plywood should I use for the playing surface?

A standard Cajon is not easily available in my locality. So I have started building my own, using plywood. For the playing surface, the minimum thickness of plywood available is 4mm. Is it good ...
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Relationship between woodwinds and brass in a marching band? [closed]

In a marching band I noticed there's three main components: percussion, woodwinds and brass. I was wondering what the relationship between brass (eg. trumpet) and woodwinds (eg clarinet) in a march. ...
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Is there a defined note for the triangle?

Do all triangles sound the same note in the same octave, or are there differences between models?
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Guiro part notation using cross notes

Here's a picture of a Guiro part in drum notation: In a Guiro part, what does it mean when there are cross notes? I've seen other Guiro parts elsewhere that use the same line placement but with ...
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Will a forte tympani overpower a quiet orchestra?

So far, I have been mainly using the tympani in my orchestration of the Pathetique Sonata for the purpose of adding an accent. It might change later on to having a more important role but right now, ...
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Question about this thing for timpani

I’m transposing some music in Medly and looking at the sheet music I came across this in the timpani part. Does anyone know what this means because I have no clue >~< I listened to the music a few ...
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Configure 4-4 Tabla for Bansuri Practice

The video below (starting at 2:50) shows the Instructor turning on the 4-4 Tabla player. How did he configure the Tabla player? He's a wonderful Instructor, but rather vague on these points. In my ...
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Having issues with guitar percussion

I have started learning percussive techniques on the guitar. While I can reproduce these on my teacher's guitar without issues, I can't do the same on my own guitar. My teacher recommended that I ...
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What acoustic percussion instrument sounds like handclaps?

When there's a group of musicians playing, it's often not practical for several of them to stop what they're doing so they can clap instead, so is there an acoustic percussion instrument that can be ...
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How to avoid excessive bow-hair damage when playing “scratch percussion” on string instruments?

Prominently featured in Bluegrass fiddle playing, the ever-so-feared noise of a bow "squaking" over the strings can be used to produce distinctive, yet surprisingly sweet percussive accents if well ...
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Can you please explain why 'white' soul means accented on the first and third beat while 'black' soul is on the second and fourth? [closed]

Can you please explain why 'white' soul rhythm means accented on the first and third beat while 'black' soul rhythm is on the second and fourth?
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How do you sync a Roland Boss RC 300 Loop Station to external rhythm sources?

I'm looking for ways to fatten the sound of the combo I play with. But the band plays tight tempos in strict 32 bar choruses. Is there any way to sync the Roland Boss RC 300 Loop Station to external ...
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Can a timpani player play more than one note at a time?

Is it possible for a timpani player to play multiple notes at the same time such as a guitar or piano player would do?
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How do I turn a regular instrument into electric (with aux port, etc)

Once I get a waterphone I was wondering if I would be able to get a kit or something that would let me plug it into my PC to record it. Would this be feasible for someone who has no experience with ...
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Should tabla drum produce any buzzing?

Earlier today I was trying out two tabla drum sets in a music shop and I noticed that both sets they had were producing a buzzing sound while being played. I am no tabla player but I have been playing ...
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Adapting music for the alligator xylophone for my son

We have no musical instruments in our house due to money issues, but we love to play piano, sax, etc. When we can. Our son has a little fisher-price Alligator Xylophone: http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-...
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In a rhythm, what word best describes the duration of an on/off beat cycle?

I'm writing some software that composes drum-lines. I'm looking for a word that describes the lowest unique combination of down- and up-beats. Eg: Let's say the following are quarter notes: (Disco ...
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Tubulum Construction: How does including elbows affect the pitch?

I am considering building a tubulum out of 2" PVC pipes. (Like Blue Man Group) There are some specs on the internet for making the notes, but no one really says when inserting an elbow into the length,...
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Should I treat the piano like a percussion instrument?

I'm just wondering if I one should see the piano like a percussion instrument? Where the left hand is on some beat that develops. Basically, if you take the view that the piano is a percussion ...
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String vs Percussion - What is a Piano?

Online, I have researched what a piano is, and it says it is a percussion instrument. But when you look inside a piano, there are many strings, which are hit to give the piano its noise. Also, you can ...
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Has anyone else composed for the Mahler Hammer?

The title pretty much sums it up: Has anyone else (other than the composer for whom it's named) written music that incorporates the "Mahler Hammer™"? Some more links: Walt Martin's blog about ...
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How many grades are there in learning the drums?

I've gotten to grade 8 in the drums and I want to know how many more grades are left for me to finish.
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Timpani Choke Notation

I'm writing a timpani part for a concert band score. I've seen timpanist "choke" the note with their hand (on the head) after striking it to stop it from sustaining. How can I notate this?
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Understanding sound in a lamellophone (kalimba, karimba, or mbira)

I am familiar with the construction of a lamellophone and of a metallophone. I played anklung gamelan for several years and of course I've played around with a thumb piano. As I understand it with a ...
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Why does unpitched percussion play a less prominent role in classical music than many other genres?

With my little knowledge of classical music I noticed, and I believe most people would agree, that unpitched percussive instrument play a much less prominent role in classical music than in most ...
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Exercises for marching with tenor drum

All I have is a pair of marching sticks and a cheap pad, what are some exercises that can help with coordination and muscle required for marching tenors.
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How do you tune a conga set?

Getting a conga and a quinto, how to tune each other to obtain the most harmonious sound ? Do they need a specific tone shiftting ?
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What is the recommended notation for bowed marimba?

I've been writing a piece for winds and marimba, and I was looking to see if there was a proper way to notate this technique. I haven't seen an answer on music forums, but have heard many pieces use ...
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Where can replacement parts be acquired for adams vibraphones?

I have an Adams Endurance Field Frame for a vibraphone and the high capacity spring that allows the pedal to function has broken due to wear of the medal. I have been searching around but cannot find ...
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Percussion Rhythm Help

Hey, so I need help counting the two measures underlined in red (43-44). I play the conga for this and I need help with counting the rhythm here. Thank you!
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What glue to use to repair maracas?

I was recording a percussion part the other day, and one of my maracas broke during the take. It wouldn't be all that much money to replace them, but I like the sound they make. I also have ...
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What is the effect of “Conglomerising” your percussion?

When writing music, I use a program called Fruity Loops. Of the music that I write that has percussion, some of them are written with all the percussion instruments being grouped into one pattern. ...
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Do I need a microphone to record percussion on electroacoustic guitar?

I'm a fingerstyle guitar player and at the moment I own an electric and a classical guitar and I'm looking forward to buy an electroacoustic guitar mostly for the sake of recording covers. The ...
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What is this japanese wooden instrument called?

Yesterday I stumbled upon an interesting percussion instrument: (Instrument at 3:28 of the video) The instrument takes the form of an oblong wooden block with 12 ...
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How is such an instrument called?

Recently we took an empty Pringles chips can (a long cylinder), filled it with groats and now can use it to play rhythms or imitate the sound of rain. How is such an instrument called and where could ...
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What kind of wood is 'Lava Burl' in Cajon?

I was checking out on some cajons, and found the Meinl Artisan Buleria Cajon. On its specs, I found that its body is made of birch, yet its frontplate is of 'Lava Burl'. What is this about? Is it a ...