DIY Percussion 2


It is interesting to see from the blog statistics that DIY Percussion is a favourite. With this in mind here are some more DIY Percussion tips.

Never forget, it is all about the sound.

Listen to everything and sometimes you will find a sound that really appeals to you. Some of the instruments made/collected from this ethos are:

Square brass rod, about 1 yard long (a little less than a metre) that contrasts really well with a triangle.

A fire alarm, fired pot rather than metal, collect them before they are all put in the skip sound.

Different short lengths (in pairs) of curtain pole, sort of claves or pitched wooden clicks.

Splash guard (stainless steel) from an industrial kitchen, a great thunder sheet.

Keys, never throw them away, bunch them together to add subtle sparkle to many a track.

Recycle, as the sleigh bells in the picture, put together in different ways to give contrasting sounds.

Merry Christmas and have a new year full of sounds.

(C) P.R.Birkby 2019

About derangeddrums

Composer, percussionist, musical director, teacher and educator. My music has been written for audiences in palaces and in the street. Music is my vocation and my passion and I hope you enjoy it too.
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