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Instruments that are played by hitting, striking, shaking or scraping.

Percussion instruments can be divided into two groups; tuned percussion and unturned percussion.

Tuned percussion can play a range of notes at different pitches, for example the glockenspiel, timpani or xylophone.

Untuned percussion mostly only have one pitch or sound, e.g. bongo drums, cymbals, drum kit, güiro, snare drum or triangle.


David Corkhill introduces some of his instruments in the Percussion section.

Grant Llewellyn, conductor of the BBC National Orchestra of Wales introduces the Percussion section of the orchestra.

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