Cabasa

The ‘cabasa’, just like the ‘shekere’, is a percussion instrument made of steel ball chains looped around a large cylinder. The cylinder sits attached to a long, thin wooden, plastic or metal handle. It is a popular hand percussion instrument,...

The Hang

The Hang is an idiophone based on the Caribbean steelpan instrument. Felix Rohner and Sabrina Schäre designed it in 2000 in Switzerland. Its origins date back to the 1970s. Then, the original Trinidad steel drum generated a fresh vogue across Europe. It caught...

Chimes

A set of chimes is a pitched percussion idiophone instrument consisting of 22 or fewer cast bronze bells, similar to a carillon (from medieval Latin Cymbala, meaning “bells”). They range from two to twenty bells. Although the Voorslag (automatic clock...

Cowbell

A cowbell is a hand percussion instrument based on the real-life bells that herders used to ring around the necks of domestic cows. They are like idiophones, which means that they make sound by vibrating the whole musical instrument. Clappers—a hanging pendulum inside...