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Instrument types

There are four primary percussion groups. These are the
  • Membranophones (sound is produced by the vibration of a streched membrane)
    more commonly called drums
    • pitched sound
      for example kettle drums (timpani)
    • non pitched sound
      for example bass drums, snare drums and toms
  • Idiophones (sound is produced by body of vibrating instrument)
    Instruments such as glockenspiels and xylophones, plus metallic percussion such as cymbals, high-hats and gongs.
    • pitched sound
      for example bells, glockenspiels, xylophones and even gongs
    • non pitched sound
      for example cymbals and high-hats
  • Aerophones (whistles),
  • Chordophones
    primarily the piano family (it uses hammers to create the sound)
Some people also add electrophones