percussive instrument

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n percussive instrument a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
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Usage

In literature:

I have only time to add a few words about the percussion instruments which the military band permits to connect with the wind.
"Scientific American Supplement No. 819" by Various
The percussion instruments were at first only used to mark and intensify the rhythm.
"Myth and Science" by Tito Vignoli
In these instruments fully one-third of the speaking stops rely on percussion for production of their tones.
"The Recent Revolution in Organ Building" by George Laing Miller
He could hear a band now, a shrilling of brass, the clatter and thump of percussion instruments.
"It Could Be Anything" by John Keith Laumer
It is no instrument of percussion to them.
"Melomaniacs" by James Huneker
A percussion hammer and pleximeter may be purchased from any veterinary instrument maker.
"Special Report on Diseases of Cattle" by U.S. Department of Agriculture
Percussion instruments producing determinate sounds, keyed instruments.
"Principles of Orchestration" by Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov
It may be objected that if all I want is rhythm I should be satisfied with instruments of percussion alone.
"Rustic Sounds and Other Studies in Literature and Natural History" by Francis Darwin
The instruments of percussion are the military drum, base-drum, kettle-drum, tabor, tamborine, and the triangle.
"Popular Technology; Volume 2" by Edward Hazen
What are their instruments of percussion (such as drums, castanets, rattles, cymbals, gongs, bells, etc.)?
"Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)" by Carl Engel
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In news:

It can move from the claves to other percussion instruments like the congas or cowbell at any given point in a composition.
Photo provided Members of the Ethos Percussion Group will visit Homer this week, providing drumming lessons and a concert with a unique collection of instruments.
Dutz plays over twenty different percussion instruments and Golia over ten different reed instruments on over seventy-three minutes of music.
The evocative musician has put together Glow, a new instrumental album full of unique tunings, rare instruments and imaginative percussive techniques.
Casey's machines feature an assortment of found objects, as well as traditional percussion instruments.
MacDonald's touch on the conga drums and dozens of other percussion instruments was ubiquitous for many years in pop music.
Van Hyning was also a collector who amassed a trove of vintage percussion instruments that he rented to orchestras worldwide.
Songwriter Burke Thomas not only writes these intricate, percussive songs, but he also plays all of the instruments on the Pris albums.
The Russian composer (1906-1975) often converted the piano into a percussion instrument, using its upper register like an xylophone, shooting out sharp staccatos.
Performing on more than 30 wind, string and percussion instruments, it is a veritable institution, a cultural icon of the group's native Chile .
Mike Doughty ha an Unusual Percussion Instrument.
Grand Ukulele moves back and forth between percussive instrumental tracks similar to what you might hear Rodrigo y Gabriela play while on vacation in Hawaii, to lush orchestral tracks as soothing as a tropical sunset.
The universities all will showcase instrumentals in performances this fall, including those that highlight symphony, band and ensemble groups, as well as organ and percussion.
Electric Percussion Instrument Makes Sweet Grooves, Brings Geeks And Musicians Together.
Oreka TX The core sound of this Spanish Basque group comes from an unwieldy traditional percussion instrument called the txalaparta.
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In science:

Therefore, many percussion instruments do not produce a definite pitch due to their sounds with a wide range of prominent frequencies that are not in harmonic relationship.
Music in Terms of Science
These “unpitched” or “untuned” percussion instruments are played for rhythm only.
Music in Terms of Science
There are, however, some “pitched” or “tuned” percussion instruments (such as the marimba and xylophone) can produce an obvious fundamental pitch and can therefore play melody and serve harmonic functions in music in addition to the rhythm.
Music in Terms of Science
They are musical percussion instruments, usually consist of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end (see figure 6.5) which can vibrate when being hit with a stick or hand.
Music in Terms of Science
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