Melodic percussion instrument
A melodic percussion instrument is a percussion instrument used to produce several different notes of different pitches. Melodic percussion instruments are examples of pitched percussion and include mallet percussion and keyboard percussion.
Melodic percussion instruments take one of three main forms:
- Collections of individual pitched percussion instruments in different pitches, such as hand bells and the angklung.
- Instruments that produce different pitches when struck in different places, such as the steel drum.
- Instruments that contain a collection of sounding objects tuned to different notes, such as the xylophone.
Many melodic percussion instruments have resonators, providing a second way of classifying them:
- Some instruments such as the marimba have an individual resonator for each note.
- Some instruments such as the hang have a resonator shared by several or all notes.
- Some instruments such as the glockenspiel have no resonator.
List of percussion instruments that produce musical scales
- Carillon and chimes
- Cimbalom (and closely related instruments such as santouri, tsimbl, tsymbaly, and tambal mic)
- Clavichord and Clavinet
- Ghata tarang - set of ghatams
- Glass harp
- Hammered Dulcimer (and closely related instruments such as hackbrett)
- Handbells set
- Kulintang a tiniok
- Jal tarang
- Loh tarang
- Pat waing
- Tank drum
- Tongue drum
- Tabla tarang
- Tambour bèlè
- Tubular bells
- Blades, James. Percussion Instruments and their History (London: Kahn & Averill, 2006) ISBN 978-0-933224-61-2
- http://www.musicaviva.com.au/vivazone/musicians/musician.asp?id=38 retrieved 6 March 2012 the steel drum, a melodic percussion instrument from Trinidad and Tobago
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