Keyboard percussion instrument

Tuned cowbells

A keyboard percussion instrument is a chromatic melodic percussion instrument arranged in a similar pattern to a piano keyboard and played with hands or percussion mallets.

Despite the name, keyboard instruments such as the celesta and keyboard glockenspiel are not considered keyboard percussion, owing to the very different skills required to play them. These instruments are percussion instruments in most senses but are part of the keyboard section rather than the percussion section of an orchestra. Keyboard percussion instruments do not possess keyboards as such, but instead follow the arrangement of the keyboard.

Keyboard percussion instruments include marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, glockenspiel, and tubular bells.[1]

See also


  1. Retrieved 6 March 2012: The standard keyboard percussion family of instruments includes the marimba, xylophone, vibraphone, orchestra bells (glockenspiel), and chimes (tubular bells).

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