Monthly Archives: November 2015

Do percussionists still play xylophone solos?

Or is it all marimba these days? I grew up with the xylophone. Nearly every band rehearsal room had one in some state or another. Resonator tubes leaning against the wall with the other sections hidden under piles of music … Continue reading

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T to Z from the A to Z of percussion

T Tabla (India) Wooden drum with straps and tuned with pegs. Tabor (Europe) Long narrow drum. Taiko (Japan) Large barrel shaped drum. Talam (India) Finger cymbals. Talking drum (Africa) Hour-glass shaped drum with rope tension, pitch is altered when ropes … Continue reading

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R and S from the A to Z of percussion

R Rain maker (Brazil) Tube with baffles and seeds inside. Ratchet Usually made of wood with a cog turning against fixed slats. Translations Italian raganella, French crecelle, German ratshe, Spanish carraca. Rattle (Aboriginal/ Australia)- Container or gourd with seeds inside. … Continue reading

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M, N, O, P and Q from A to Z of percussion

Quijada (South America) also charrasga or jawbone. Jawbone (horse, donkey size) that has been dried with teeth intact Continue reading

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H, I, J, K and L from A to Z of percussion

Kokoriko (Japan) Wooden slats strung together Continue reading

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