auxiliary percussion


A common sub-classification of percussion instruments that is comprised of "toys" or special sound effects. Some of these instruments are tuned (able to produce a specific pitch) and others are untuned (unable to produce a specific pitch), but all of them are notated without specific pitches. Their main function is to provide a sound that is either comical or meant to simulate a known sound. Auxiliary percussion instruments include:

Auxillary Percussion

Edge-blown Aerophones
IdiophonesConcussion Ideophones
Friction Idiophones
Percussion Idiophones
Plucked Ideophones
  • Jew's Harp (can also be classified as a free-reed aerophone)
Scraped Idiophones
Shaken Idiophones

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