Buying new musical instruments can be expensive and sometimes frustrating. It can be hard to tell how to get the best instrument that fits your budget. If you are looking to enhance your sound without spending too much money, consider a hand held percussion instrument. They can add to your music without breaking your budget. Here are three small percussion instruments that will both fit your budget and sound great too.
The small percussion instrument known as the ‘cowbell’ originated from a type of bell herders used to keep track of their cattle. Today, the cowbell is played by striking it with a drumstick or mallet. It can b
The tambourine is a very basic hand held percussion instrument: metal jingles called ‘zils’ are attached to a wooden or plastic frame. Typically they are circular, though shape and size can vary. Usually, a drumhead is mounted on the top, but that is not always the case. This small percussion instrument is extremely versatile, being featured in a plethora of musical genres from Greek to Italian t
Another small, hand held percussion instrument is the clave. Claves are 2 small wooden rods that, when struck together, produce a loud, clacking sound. They are generally around 8 inches long and 1 inch in diameter. Traditionally they are made of either rosewood or ebony, though presently they can be made of fiberglass or plastics because these materials are more durable. There is a definite technique to playing claves. Right-handed players lay one rod (the male) loosely in their cupped left hand, resting it between the fingertips and the heel of the hand, using the thumb as support. Cupping the hand allows the palm to be used as a resonating chamber; essentially, you want the clave to resonate when hit. The other rod (the female) is used to strike the male in the center. Just as all claves do not sound alike, all the spots on a clave do not sound alike either. Some spots, called sweet spots, sound better and more consistent when struck than others. Also, some claves are carved hollow to produce an amplified sound. Claves are very important to Afro-Cuban music but can be used as an interesting addition for any musician looking to spice up their sound. The Latin Percussion White Wood Clave is a great bet for a good pair that will still fit your budget.