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Percussion Lessons




Percussion is anything that you strike, shake,  or scrape. There are many different types of percussion instruments but they generally fall into one of two categories.


 * Specialized jazz instruction offered


Pitched Percussion is any instrument that has actually musical pitch (like the piano). Pitched percussion instruments include the xylophone, marimba, vibraphone and timpani.


A vibraphone is a double row of tuned metal bars that sit above a resonator with a motor-driven, rotating vane that produce a tremolo effect.  The vibraphone is a popular solo percussion instrument (along with the marimba). Often used in jazz, it was made popular, in part, by greats such as Lionel Hampton.


The xylophone is a large percussion instrument consisting of bars (usually made of wood) tuned to the different pitches of the musical scale. The xylophone is used in the modern-day orchestra, as well as jazz, but came from folk music roots. Small xylophones are often employed in music instruction using the Orff method. Many famous composers, including Camille Saint-Saens and Dmitri Shostakovich, have showcased the xylophone in their works.


Non-Pitched Percussion instruments are what most people call drums. They do not necessarily have a definite pitch. Non-pitched percussion instruments include snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle and many others.

Drums are some of the world’s oldest instruments; they have been used since prehistoric times. Today, drums exist in a wide variety of sizes and shapes. A modern drum kit includes: bass drum, snare drums, toms, hi-hats and cymbals, all of which are non-pitched percussion instruments.



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