Melodic percussion instrument

Handbells set in performance
Steel drums
Vibraphone and mallets
Asian traditional instrument

A melodic percussion instrument is a percussion instrument used to produce several different notes of different pitches.[1] Melodic percussion instruments are examples of pitched percussion and include mallet percussion and keyboard percussion.

Melodic percussion instruments take one of three main forms:

Many melodic percussion instruments have resonators, providing a second way of classifying them:

List of percussion instruments that produce musical scales

See also


  1. Blades, James. Percussion Instruments and their History (London: Kahn & Averill, 2006) ISBN 978-0-933224-61-2
  2. retrieved 6 March 2012 the steel drum, a melodic percussion instrument from Trinidad and Tobago

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