percussive instrument

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Noun1.percussive instrument - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking anotherpercussive instrument - a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another
bones, castanets, clappers, finger cymbals - a percussion instrument consisting of a pair of hollow pieces of wood or bone (usually held between the thumb and fingers) that are made to click together (as by Spanish dancers) in rhythm with the dance
chime, gong, bell - a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument
cymbal - a percussion instrument consisting of a concave brass disk; makes a loud crashing sound when hit with a drumstick or when two are struck together
drum, membranophone, tympan - a musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretched across each end
glockenspiel, orchestral bells - a percussion instrument consisting of a set of graduated metal bars mounted on a frame and played with small hammers
gong, tam-tam - a percussion instrument consisting of a metal plate that is struck with a softheaded drumstick
kettledrum, timpani, tympani, tympanum, kettle - a large hemispherical brass or copper percussion instrument with a drumhead that can be tuned by adjusting the tension on it
lagerphone - an Australian percussion instrument used for playing bush music; a long stick with bottle caps nailed loosely to it; played by hitting it with a stick or banging it on the ground
mallet, hammer - a light drumstick with a rounded head that is used to strike such percussion instruments as chimes, kettledrums, marimbas, glockenspiels, etc.
maraca - a percussion instrument consisting of a hollow gourd containing pebbles or beans; often played in pairs
marimba, xylophone - a percussion instrument with wooden bars tuned to produce a chromatic scale and with resonators; played with small mallets
musical instrument, instrument - any of various devices or contrivances that can be used to produce musical tones or sounds
forte-piano, piano, pianoforte - a keyboard instrument that is played by depressing keys that cause hammers to strike tuned strings and produce sounds
rain stick - a percussion instrument that is made from a dried cactus branch that is hollowed out and filled with small pebbles and capped at both ends; makes the sound of falling rain when tilted; origin was in Chile where tribesmen used it in ceremonies to bring rain
steel drum - a concave percussion instrument made from the metal top of an oil drum; has an array of flattened areas that produce different tones when struck (of Caribbean origin)
triangle - a percussion instrument consisting of a metal bar bent in the shape of an open triangle
vibes, vibraharp, vibraphone - a percussion instrument similar to a xylophone but having metal bars and rotating disks in the resonators that produce a vibrato sound
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Lastly, you should attempt to sit with your chin retracted back to keep the weight of your head over your spine," says Dr Stan Pierce, founder, CEO, and lead instructor for EPIC (Evolutionary Percussive Instrument Corrections), and clinical director at the Atlas Spinal Centre.
A guitar, for example, can be beaten so that it is a percussive instrument only.
The show which treats the whole world as a percussive instrument will send you away tapping not only your feet.
An example is as follows: Given the clinical situation previously described with two facilitators carrying out two different tasks, in this circumstance the first facilitator will continuously play a percussive instrument, and the client will be asked to imitate.
Capp states in her introduction that the "starting point for talking about Zimbabwean music and musicians is the mbira, a lamellophone which is a percussive instrument consisting of a small wooden board or box onto which a number of metal keys have been attached, with metal objects or shells added to produce buzzing" (p.
Unlike string instruments or voice, the piano can be a rather percussive instrument if one is not careful of each and every tone.
Despite the occasional violin or percussive instrument, it all remains raw: live and alive.
Srinivasa Desikan's discussion of metalware focuses primarily on images of Hindu deities, but also covers ritual items such as a "tree lamp," cooking vessels, and a "five-faced" metal percussive instrument used in the Thiruvarur Temple.
As he became increasingly out of breath from his oscillatory exertions, Paulikevitch began to use breath as a percussive instrument in its own right.
It can be a very fiery percussive instrument, and that's how I like to use it."