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Percussion Family

The percussion family is the largest family in the orchestra. Percussion instruments include any instrument that makes a sound when it is hit, shaken, or scraped. It's not easy to become a percussionist because it will took you a lot of practice to hit an instrument with the right amount of strength, in the right place and at the right time. Some percussion instruments are tuned and can sound different notes, and some are untuned with no definite pitch. Percussion instruments keep the rhythm, make special sounds and add excitement and color. Unlike most of the other players in the orchestra, a percussionist will usually play many different instruments in one piece of music

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Snare Drum

1. A snare drum or side drum is a percussion instrument that produces a sharp staccato sound when the head is struck with a drum stick, due to the use of a series of stiff wires held under tension against the lower skin.
2. Snare drums are often used in orchestras, concert bands, marching bands, parades, drumlines, drum corps, and more.
3. It is one of the central pieces in a drum set, a collection of percussion instruments designed to be played by a seated drummer and used in many genres of music.

Bass Drum

1. A bass drum, or kick drum, is a large drum that produces a note of low definite or indefinite pitch.
2. A bass drum is typically cylindrical, with the drum's diameter much greater than the drum's depth.
3. There is normally a struck head at both ends of the cylinder.

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1. It is an idiophone hand percussion instrument used in various styles of music including salsa and infrequently in popular music.
2. It is named after the similar bell historically used by herdsmen to keep track of the whereabouts of cows.
3. While the cowbell is commonly found in musical contexts, its origin can be traced to freely roaming animals.


1. Often used in pairs, cymbals consist of thin, normally round plates of various alloys.
2. The majority of cymbals are of indefinite pitch, although small disc-shaped cymbals based on ancient designs sound a definite note.
3. Cymbals are used in many ensembles ranging from the orchestra, percussion ensembles, jazz bands, heavy metal bands, and marching groups.

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