You Can’t Have Good Music Without Percussion

Percussion instruments are very old and have quite a history. Often used in folk music, these instruments add variety and a rural charm to music. In India for example, two pieces of flat metal are struck to form a bell like sound. This form of instrument is used in temples and prayer places across the country. Other popular percussions instruments include the drum, piano and xylophone.

All percussion instruments can be divided into two major and broad categories. Membranophone, which add tambour to the sound of being struck like drums and idiophones, which sound of themselves like triangles. The division can also be made on tuning basis and other sub groups. For example, some instruments can be tuned while the others can not.

Percussionists are also called upon to play other instruments that may not be percussive in nature. These instruments include police sirens, glass harmonica, lion's roar and wind machines. As percussionists play such a wide variety of instruments generating so many different types of melodies, they are usually the most skilled in the music industry.

Percussive instruments are the heart of a musical performance. It is difficult to name 3 or 4 songs from the classical or pop charts, which do not use percussive instruments. Since the times of the earliest composers like Mozart, all compositions include at least one pair of timpani's playing in the background.

Some instruments like the xylophones are a pleasure to listen to. They sound like tinkling fountains in beautiful gardens. Bringing out the romantic side in us. There is another instrument where you strike at bottles filled with different levels of water that give forth delightful sounds.

If we talk of jazz, the high hats are easily associated in our minds. The ride cymbals are another percussion based instruments we look for in a jazz song. Even in military bands, soldiers can not keep time with out a bass drum.

No rock group today is complete without percussive instruments. All the bands a complete drum kit and several other percussive instruments. Pink Floyd used percussive instruments to great effect in their songs dealing with sci fi worlds and fantasy music.

Various cultures have there own percussive instruments. As I said earlier, the Indian bells are a classical example. In the west, gongs are untuned percussive instruments used in churches and other important occasions. As cultures have evolved, so has this category of instruments.

Through their diversity and wide choice, percussion instruments are the back bone of every musical ensemble. The players are brilliant and multi faceted people who can take up and play different instruments at will. The piano experts like Yanni are percussionists after all. An ensemble with full percussion is a pleasure to watch and a pleasure to hear. Chances are good that you have never heard music with out some sort of percussion accompaniment. They are the finishing touch on a great sound.



Paul July 01, 2013 @08:36 pm
If you never want to leave your garage or boredom, no, you don't need lessons.If you don't care if you ever get as good as your hero, no, you don't need lessons.If you never want to do more than strum along, no, you don't need lessons.If you want to pursue excellence in musicianship, you bet your ass you need lessons. If you're going to practice 2 or more hours a day, you may as well get the lessons, so you can make the most of that time.Guitar, especially, you can get quite far on your own, but there aren't many self-taught guitarists out there who are actually GOOD. Yes, they exist, but we can't assume that each of us is in that top 5%, because that is very unlikely. I think I answered one of your questions not too long ago you had lessons for a style you weren't interested in playing with a classical guitar you don't really like. So you quit, like 80% of the people who pick up anything. Spend a lot of time in a music instrument store. Hang out and chat with the salesguys/girls. Yes, they want to sell you something good that will keep you playing, and thus coming back for all your picks, straps, cables, other guitars a music store that rips people off doesn't stay open long. Figure out the kind of music you want to start playing. Then get the right style guitar for that music, and take lessons in that style. Learn to read music, plus scale and chord theory.You can get far as a hobbyist, but you can't let it get you down when you put on Van Halen or whatever and think, man I'll never play like that Well as a hobbyist, no, you won't. But if you really put your all in (people spend a dozen years in university to master this stuff man! Like freakin surgeon!) you can. You really can.It's like golf if you treat it as a hobby, yea, you'll lower your handicap and have lots of fun. It takes major obsession to lose that handicap and start getting par.Good luck!

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