percussion instrument


percussion instrument

noun

Definition of PERCUSSION INSTRUMENT

:  a musical instrument (as a drum, xylophone, or maraca) sounded by striking, shaking, or scraping

First Known Use of PERCUSSION INSTRUMENT

1872

percussion instrument

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

A musical instrument that is struck (or sometimes shaken or scraped) to produce sound. This category includes instruments whose own hard substance is made to vibrate (idiophones) and instruments that include a tight membrane that vibrates (membranophones). Percussion instruments may produce tones of definite or indefinite pitch. Their primary function is often rhythmic, but many are used as melody instruments. They include the bell, carillon, cymbal, drum, dulcimer, gamelan, glockenspiel, marimba, piano, steel drum, tabla, tambourine, timpani, vibraphone, and xylophone.

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