percussion instrument


Definition of percussion instrument

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

Examples of percussion instrument in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Rhythm Tap dancing where the tap becomes an integral percussion instrument and the performers riff and improvise off each other., 21 May 2021 The cast also revisits how taping night was always a party, with everyone grabbing a percussion instrument to hype up the crowd. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 13 Nov. 2020 The boulder field is basically an 8-acre percussion instrument. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, 6 Nov. 2020 That’s the surgical-looking percussion instrument that, once shaken and bent, can sound like a triangle on a cartoon acid trip. Wesley Morris, New York Times, 26 Oct. 2020 The marimba, a large wooden percussion instrument similar to the xylophone, has gained popularity in recent years, Kwan said. Juhi Varma, Houston Chronicle, 5 Oct. 2020 The dancers were accompanied by a 40-piece gamelan orchestra in which players used mallets to produce rapid, rhythmic and hypnotic music on banks of percussion instruments. Seth Mydans, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2020 Lab strength Yesterday, responding to Modi’s call to express gratitude to emergency workers, millions of Indians clapped, banged, and played percussion instruments at 5 pm. Niharika Sharma, Quartz India, 22 Mar. 2020 Recommended Stories The President pulls out all the bells, whistles, and other percussion instruments for his annual address. Barry Blitt, The New Yorker, 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of percussion instrument

1872, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of percussion instrument was in 1872

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28 May 2021

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“Percussion instrument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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