Percussion instruments are either struck by the hand or by a drumstick or shaken to produce sounds.
The percussion family includes the triangle, gong, castanets, rattle, whip, wood block, and cymbals which produce a noise and general rhythm, as well as the pitched xylophone, glockenspiel, bells, celesta, and vibraphone, which produce musical tones and are therefore used to play melodies.
Several percussion instruments like the maracas and rattle are shaken, not struck. Other "odd" instruments such as the iron chains and motor-horn, are also employed by the percussion players from time to time.
Drums are ancient musical instruments, as a matter of fact prehistoric, in which a sound is produced by striking a tight skin stretched over a resonating chamber or frame. The drums include the timpani, the bass drum, snare drum, and tambourine.
In the symphonic orchestra, the percussionists have many percussion instruments around them on stage, and they change different instruments all the time, as requested in the score.
There are percussion instruments like the drums set taking part in popular and jazz music. Latin percussion instruments like the Congas, Bongos and Timbale, found their places in pop music, mostly in Latin genres like Salsa and Samba, and became famous and successful all over the world.
MusixCool© By Nadav Dafni