Keyboard percussion instrument

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Keyboard percussion)
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Tuned cowbells

A keyboard percussion instrument, shortened as 'Keyperc', is a chromatic melodic percussion instrument arranged in a similar pattern to a piano keyboard and played with hands or percussion mallets. Although, Keyperc instruments for children may be diatonic or pentatonic.

Despite the name, keyboard instruments such as the celesta, toy piano, and keyboard glockenspiel are not considered keyboard percussion, owing to the very different skills required to play them. These instruments are percussion instruments in most senses but are part of the keyboard section rather than the percussion section of an orchestra. Keyboard percussion instruments do not possess keyboards as such, but instead follow the arrangement of the keyboard.

Keyboard percussion instruments include marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, and tubular bells.[1]

Uses in genres[edit]

Classical African music commonly has marimbas and other xylophone in it. Jazz has vibraphones, although symphonies of various romantic music and modern classical music might call for them.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Archived 2011-04-17 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 6 March 2012: The standard keyboard percussion family of instruments includes the marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, orchestra bells (glockenspiel), and chimes (tubular bells).