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Tuned & Non-Tuned Percussion Instruments
family can be divided into two children, or branches, tuned & non-tuned.
Tuned means the tones of the instruments produce particular notes of the musical alphabet &/or contain a musical scale. Xylophones & vibraphones are examples of tuned percussion; generally, they possess all notes of the musical alphabet, A-Ab, the entire chromatic scale. Steel pan, chimes, gongs & bells are also tuned percussion instruments.
bongo, drum sets, cowbell, clave, djembe, ashikos, doumbeks, timbales & certain
chimes, gongs & bells are common examples of non-tuned percussion.
However, unknown to many people most of these so-called non-tuned
instruments can be tuned. Sometimes
a drummer will tune their drum head or choose an percussion instrument, such as
chimes, gongs & bells, that was made in a particular key.
tuning their instrument to a particular key, one basic technique most
percussionists use is to tune their drums to one another - called Interval
Tuning. As with using tuned instruments, this technique harmonizes
the various sounds from each drum or percussion instrument.
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