Musical Instruments


The Percussion Family

Signature Cymbals (Paiste) Cymbals are large brass plates. They can be played by hitting two of them together (crash cymbals). A single cymbal can be hung on a stand (suspended cymbal) and hit with a drumstick or a pair of soft mallets. A high-hat cymbal is made by hanging one cymbal on top of another. One can be hit against the other by using a foot pedal.

AA Suspended Cymbal (Sabian)How to play Suspended Cymbals: Adjust the stand so that the cymbal will be at waist height and parallel to the floor. Hold a drum stick or yarn mallet using the same grip you use when playing mallet percussion instruments. Using a full wrist stroke, strike the cymbal with the end of the stick or mallet. Use a quick down-up motion.

Hand Hammered Crash Cymbals (Sabian)How to play Crash Cymbals: Grip the strap of either cymbal between your index finger and thumb. Grip close to the cymbal bell. Curl the rest of your fingers around the strap, squeezing the whole strap firmly. Your thumb may rest against the bell to help control the movement of the cymbal. Hold the crash cymbals at an angle, with the edge of the right cymbal lower than the edge of the left. Without moving the left cymbal, bring the right cymbal inward and upward, and strike against the left cymbal with a glancing motion. If repeated strokes are necessary, return to the starting position and repeat. If no additional strokes are necessary for several counts, bring both cymbals to open position, facing away from you. To dampen the ringing of the cymbals, firmly pull the edges of the cymbals in against your upper arms, chest, or mid-body.

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Cymbal and Gong sites at Looksmart

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