percussion instrument


Definition of percussion instrument

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

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Participants are encouraged to bring drums, percussion instruments or other objects to create rhythmic sounds. Houston Chronicle, "Family Fun: ‘In a Pickle Festival,’ ‘9/11 Heroes Run’," 5 Sep. 2019 Pets are forbidden, as are ballgames, wheeled equipment (except for wheelchairs and baby carriages), tents, tarps, drones, weapons, percussion instruments, sleeping, smoking and soliciting. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "San Francisco’s Salesforce Park opened, then closed and now is open again," 6 Aug. 2019 Traditionally, when a respected man in Isi Enu dies, the townspeople honor him by playing an igede—a percussion instrument made from wood and animal skin. Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, The New Yorker, "The Descendants of Slaves in Nigeria Fight for Equality," 11 July 2019 The practice crosses cultures; in the Dominican Republic, people pantomime the air güira, a metal percussion instrument. April White, Smithsonian, "An Electrifying History of Air Guitar," 11 July 2019 In one gallery of the main Renzo Piano–designed building stands a 9-foot-tall wooden Oceanic percussion instrument, carved over a hundred years ago. Lesley M.m. Blume, WSJ, "Houston’s Menil Collection Will Open a New Drawing Institute In November," 10 Oct. 2018 Indian tabla has been my percussion instrument of choice for the last decade. Cindy Atoji Keene,, "Art ‘eats at me all day long’," 29 June 2018 Brass and percussion instruments meet nonprocessed field recordings, the latter captured by four local members of the Seattle Phonographers Union, a collection of enthusiasts exploring the mysteries of human relationships to sound. Tom Keogh, The Seattle Times, "Wild sounds: Jazz improv and field recordings mix for ‘End of Summer Sound Vespers’," 21 Aug. 2018 Out of the conch shell, into the frying pan An unusually skilled conductor and conceptualist, Schick is also a masterful musician on seemingly any percussion instrument. George Varga,, "'It's About Time' for ear-bending, eye-popping, borders-leaping music festival," 10 Jan. 2018

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1872, in the meaning defined above

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