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Triangle
The triangle is an atonal percussion instrument – one with no fixed pitch. It is made from a steel bar bent into a triangular shape. One angle of the triangle is left open to… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Sand Bell
The Sand Bell is a percussion instrument, one of many kinds. The most common are the kettledrum, the bass drum, the cymbal, the tambourine, the triangle, the side drum, the wooden… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
cymbals
The cymbal is a vibrating metal instrument. As a Beiguan instrument, it is divided according to diameter into the “Big Cymbal” and the “Small Cymbal.” Both are made of steel. T More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Wooden Fish
The wooden fish is also called the “Divination Fish”. Originally it was a monk’s instrument. It was brought to China in the Han dynasty by Buddhism. The Wooden Fish is an… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
4 Pieces
This instrument is called the 4 Treasures or 4 Slices in Nanguan. It is made up of 4 bamboo clappers, 8 inches long and one inch wide. Each hand holds 2, one manipulated by the… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Board
The Board is also called the Hardwood Clapper. It is made of 3 pieces of hardwood, 2 tied together and held in one hand, struck together. It’s a Beiguan instrument, used for… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Clapper
The clapper is a percussion instrument made of 2 bamboo pieces which are struck against each other. It is used for keeping the rhythm in music. In the past, there were 6-piece or… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Jiao Luo (Barking Gong)
This instrument is also called the “Dog Barking.” It’s a small gong, 8 centimeters in diameter. There are 2 small holes on the gong’s side, where it is tied up with string and More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Sound Cup
This instrument is also called the “Soup Gong” or “Bowl Gong.” It is a kind of Small Gong. The round center is slightly raised, and the whole is about 22 centimeters in diamete More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Chuo Board
In the Hakka language, it is simply called “board.” It is made of 3 pieces of solid black wood. 2 of the pieces are tied together and linked with a third one by a strong through a… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones