Who invented percussions? Anthropologists and historians often speculate that percussion instruments were the first musical devices ever created. The human voice was probably the first musical instrument, but percussion instruments such as hands and feet, then sticks, rocks, and logs were almost certainly the next steps in the evolution of music. The earliest percussion instruments were our hands and feet, then "found" objects such as sticks, logs, and rocks. As human communities developed tools for hunting and eventually agriculture , their skill and technology enabled them to craft more complex instruments. For example, a simple log may have been carved to produce louder tones (a log drum ) and instruments may have been combined to produce multiple tones (as in a 'set' of log drums).
What are percussions? <ul><li>Timpani (kettle drums) </li></ul><ul><li>Drums </li></ul><ul><li>Cymbals </li></ul><ul><li>Maracas </li></ul><ul><li>Bongos </li></ul><ul><li>Woodblocks </li></ul><ul><li>The list goes on and on... </li></ul>Most percussion instruments are " idiophones " - make sound when hit - or " membranophones " - make a sound through the vibration of a stretched skin. The percussion family is very large, and includes:
More information on percussions A percussion instrument is any object which produces a sound by being struck with an implement, shaken or by any other action which sets the object into vibration. The word, "percussion", has evolved from Latin terms: "percussio" (which translates as "to beat, strike" in the musical sense, rather than the violent action), and "percussus" (which is a noun meaning "a beating"). The term "percussion instruments" may have been made to describe a family of instruments including drums , rattles, metal plates, or wooden blocks which musicians would beat or strike (as in a collision) to produce sound. Most objects commonly known as " drums " are membranophones. "Membranophones produce sound when the membrane or head is put into motion. Idiophones produce sound when their bodies are caused to vibrate.
<ul><li>Percussions are instruments that produce a sound when hit. </li></ul><ul><li>Percussions are so loud that we must put them at the back row of the orchestra. </li></ul><ul><li>Percussion has evolved from the Latin word: percussio </li></ul><ul><li>The most common percussion instrument is the drum. </li></ul>Summary