Berimbau

The berimbau is a single-string percussion instrument that belongs to the stick-zither chordophone family. It has strong regional ties to the state of Bahia in northeastern Brazil. It also has a cultural affinity to Brazilians of African descent. Capoeira is famous...

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...

Timbales

Timbales are metal-encased shallow single-headed drums. They have a shallower sound than the single-headed tom-toms. During solos and transitional sections of music, the player (known as a timbalero) employs a variety of stick strokes, rim shots, and rolls to generate...
How To Enhance the Shakers in Your Mix

How To Enhance the Shakers in Your Mix

Many different percussive sounds can be used in the rhythm section of your mix, but one of the most overlooked is the shaker. Shakers come in many different varieties. They all sound different. Their name comes from the method used to create sound with them – moving...