Rattle (percussion instrument)

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For the rotating instrument, see Ratchet (instrument).
Rattle from Papua New Guinea, made from leaves, seeds and coconut shell, to be tied around a dancer’s ankle
Maracas from Mexico

A rattle is a type of percussion instrument which produces a sound when shaken. Rattles are described in the Hornbostel–Sachs system as Shaken Idiophones or Rattles (112.1).[1]

Rattles include:


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  1. ^ Erich M. von Hornbostel and Curt Sachs, "Classification of Musical Instruments," Translated from the original German by Anthony Baines and Klaus P. Wachsmann, The Galpin Society Journal XIV (1961), 15-16, http://www.jstor.org/stable/842168.

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