Percussion is defined as "The striking of one solid object with or against another with some degree of force". What this really means is that percussion instruments are musical instruments played by striking them with your hand or another object. However, percussion has evolved over time and now includes instruments such as whistles and keyboards. Percussion is a section of the orchestra, and the instruments played in the section vary depending on the type needed.
Role in Music
Percussion plays a crucial role in almost every form of music. Its main function is to keep the rhythm in a piece of music, but pitched instruments, such as the bells, often carry the melody of a piece. Percussion is often called the "heartbeat", or "backbone" of an orchestra, because it creates the beat, which the band uses to stay in time.
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