Percussion instruments are the largest in the orchestra family, they consist of instruments that make a sound when it is hit, shaken or scraped. Percussion instruments keep the rhythm, make special sounds and add a uniqueness. Our percussion range consists of Xylophones, Tambourines, Chimes and many more unique instruments.
A selection of percussion instruments can be turned to make different notes, such as the Xylophone, Timpani and more, whereas others are untuned with no definite pitch such as the cymbals and castanets. The most common percussion instruments in the orchestra include the timpani, xylophone, cymbals, triangle, tambourine, maracas, gongs, chimes and celesta. Percussion instruments keep the rhythm, make special sounds and add excitement and colour. Unlike most of the other players in the orchestra, a percussionist will usually play many different instruments in one piece of music.
We have a fantastic range of Percussion instruments available for a wide range of customers, whether they be professional percussionists or school students who are learning rhythm and beats within their music education.
A tambourine is a small drum with metal jingles set into the edges. Both the drumhead and the jingles are untuned. To play it, you hold it in one hand and tap, shake or hit it, usually against your other hand.
The modern xylophone has wooden bars or keys arranged like the keys of the piano, which the player hits with a mallet. You can change the quality of the pitch by using different kinds of mallets (hard or soft), and by hitting the wooden bars in different ways. Attached to the bottom of the wooden bars are metal tubes called resonators, where the sound vibrates. This gives the xylophone its bright bell-like sound.
You've probably played a triangle yourself at one time or another. It's a small metal bar that's bent into the shape of a triangle and makes a ringing sound when you hit it. Thre are many sizes of triangles and each one sounds a different pitch. You play the triangle by holding it on a string and striking it with a metal beater. The size and thickness of the beater can change the sound the triangle makes.
Each percussion instrument creates a unique sound and has particular elements about them.