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 The beat of djembe drums, a traditional African percussion instrument, along with a DJ, had visitors dancing to the music. John Kuntz, cleveland, 19 June 2022 But for an artist who is as comfortable leading a symphony orchestra as he is seated bare-chested on a concert stage and using his body as a percussion instrument, anything seems within reach for Steven Schick. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 Like few others, Schick can inject an air of mystery and drama by expertly striking a drum, cymbal, gong, cowbell, tambourine, or any other percussion instrument of any size that is at hand. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 May 2022 Also represented is a display on Sones de Mexico, a folk music ensemble from Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood, that includes a donkey’s jawbone, a percussion instrument known as a quijada that creates a strong, rattle-like buzzing sound. Jeremy Gorner,, 26 Nov. 2021 Each line corresponds to a percussion instrument, chosen by the performer. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Nov. 2021 The actual origin story of the melodic percussion instrument, however, is debated. Los Angeles Times, 25 June 2021 Kourtney, 42, shared a photo and clips of her boyfriend, 45, teaching her daughter how to play the percussion instrument as part of her birthday tribute to the now-9-year-old. Naledi Ushe,, 9 July 2021 The berimbau is a single-string 5-foot tall percussion instrument that originated in sub-Saharan Africa, and is now commonly used in Brazil. Kathy Cichon,, 8 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of percussion instrument

1872, in the meaning defined above

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“Percussion instrument.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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