The Conga Drum – Percussion Instruments

The conga belongs to the percussion family. It’s a single-headed drum that originated in Africa. However, it was only when Latin music, namely mambo and salsa, became popular in the United States around the 1930s, when the conga drum started to receive a lot of...

The Bongo Drum – Percussion Instruments

The Bongo drum, better known as the bongos, is a type of Afro-Cuban percussion instrument made up of two small open-bottomed drums of different sizes. The larger drum of this pair is called “hembra”, female in Spanish, and the smaller drum...

The Tambourine – Percussion Instruments

The tambourine is a percussion instrument consisting of a frame, commonly made of wood or plastic, paired with metal jingles called “zills”. These sit on the frame’s outer edge. The instrument may or may not include a drumhead, and in most cases, it...

The Vibraphone – Orchestral Percussions

The most recent addition to the repertoire of orchestral percussion instruments is the vibraphone (also known as the vibraharp or vibes), with its early origins dating back to the vaudeville era of the 1920s. The onomatopoeic name vibraphone refers to the vibrating...

Bass Drum – Orchestral Percussions

The bass drum plays an important role in a variety of western music genres. It often establishes the foundation pulse of large and small ensembles because of its timbre. These ensembles include military music, where it plays along with the cymbal, in pop, rock, and...