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Learn More About Percussion

Learn More About Percussion

A description of each instrument is given, how it is classified, the technique used to play it, tuning of the instrument, style of music played with it, its origin, similar instruments, and its synonyms.

If the Visual Encyclopedia of Percussion Musical Instruments piqued your interest in percussion, here are a few books and resources I recommend, which helped to prepare this work (in alphabetic order by author):

  • Alfred Friese, Alexander Lepak. The Complete Timpani Method. Alfred Music Publishing. 1985.
  • Anthony Baines . The Oxford Companion to Musical Instruments. Oxford University Press. 1992.
  • Ashish Pandey. Encyclopaedic Dictionary of Music: A-J. Gyan Publishing House. 2005.
  • Ashok Damodar Ranade. Music contexts: a concise dictionary of Hindustani Music. Bibliophile South Asia, 2006.
  • Bart Hopkin. Musical instrument design: practical information for instrument making. See Sharp Press. 1996.
  • Blawyn And Jones. Chakra Workout. Pustak Mahal, 1997.
  • Bill Woods. Bodhran: The Basics. Mel Bay Publications. 2009.
  • Bob Evans. Authentic Conga Rhythms . Alfred Publishing Company, Inc. 1996
  • C. A. Grosso. Hand Drumming Essentials. Alfred Publishing. 2000.
  • Chalo Eduardo, Frank Kumor, Drum Circle: A Guide To World Percussion. Alfred Publishing Company; Pap/Com edition. 2002.
  • Chinmaya Yuva Kendra. Awakening Indians to India. Thomson Press (India) Limited. 2008.
  • Christine Ammer. The Facts on File dictionary of music. Facts on File (J); 4 edition. 2004.
  • Conor Long. Absolute beginners bodhrán tutor. Mel Bay Publications. 1998.
  • Dan Sabanovich. Brazilian Percussion Manual. Alfred Publishing. 1996.
  • Dave Black. How to Set Up Your Drumset. Alfred Music Publishing. 2002.
  • Dave Black. The Drummer’s Toolkit. Alfred Music Publishing. 2003.
  • Dave Black, Sandy Feldstein. Alfred’s Beginning Drumset Method. Alfred Music Publishing. 1990.
  • Dave Black, Tom Gerou. Essential Dictionary of Orchestration. Alfred Music Publishing. 1998.
  • Diego Gosiker. Tambores Batá. Novemúsica; 1st edition. 2007.
  • Dilip Ranjan Barthakur. The music and musical instruments of North Eastern India. Mittal Publications. 2003.
  • Don Michael Randel. The Harvard dictionary of music. Harvard University Press, 2003.
  • Duduka Da Fonseca, Bob Weiner, John Riley. Brazilian Rhythms for Drumset. Alfred Publishing Company, Inc. 1993.
  • Ed Uribe. The Essence of Brazilian Percussion & Drum Set. Warner Bros Pubns.1994.
  • Eric Starr. The Everything Drums Book: From Tuning and Timing to Fills and Solos-All You Need to Keep the Beat. Adams Media. 2003.
  • Hector Neciosup, Jose Rosa. World Music Survey: “The History of Music from Cuba, the Caribbean, South America and the United States”. Contemporary Latin Music Educators. 2008.
  • Heidi Feldman. Black Rhythms of Peru: Reviving African Musical Heritage in the Black Pacific (Music Culture). Wesleyan. 2006.
  • Helio Orovio. Cuban Music from A to Z. Duke University Press. 2003.
  • Hugo Pinksterboer. The cymbal book. Hal Leonard Corporation, 1992.
  • Humberto Morales, Henry Adler, F. Henri Klickmann. How to Play Latin American Rhythm Instruments. Warner Bros Pubns. 1995.
  • Leonard Fox. The Jew’s harp: a comprehensive anthology. Bucknell Univ Pr; First Edition edition. 1998.
  • James Blades. Percussion instruments and their history. Bold Strummer Ltd; 4th edition. 1992.
  • Jamila Massey. The music of India By Reginald Massey. Abhinav Publications, 1996.
  • Jeff Strong. Drums for Dummies. For Dummies; 2 edition. 2006.
  • Jeff Todd Titon. Worlds of Music: An Introduction to the Music of the World’s Peoples. Schirmer; 4 edition. 2001.
  • Jeremy Yudkin. Understanding Music (6th Edition). Prentice Hall; 6 edition. 2009.
  • Jim Solomon. Conga Town: Percussion Ensembles for Upper Elementary and Middle School. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. 1995.
  • John Beck. Concepts for timpani. Carl Fischer, L.L.C. 2001.
  • John Marshall. Hand Drums for Beginners: An Easy Beginning Method. Alfred Music Publishing, 2000.
  • John Shepherd, Peter Wicke, Paul Oliver, Dave Laing, David Horn. Continuum Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Part 1 Performance and Production: Volume II. Continuum. 2003.
  • Joseph Adato. The Percussionists Dictionary. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. 1985.
  • Kalani. All About Bongos Alfred Publishing Company; Pap/Com edition. 2003.
  • Kalani. All About Congas. Alfred Publishing Company. 2003.
  • Kalani. All About Hand Percussion: Everything You Need to Know to Start Playing Now! Alfred Publishing Co., Inc. 2008.
  • Kalani. Together in Rhythm: A Facilitator’s Guide to Drum Circle Music. Alfred Publishing Company. 2004.
  • Madhumita Dutta. Let’s Know Music and Musical Instruments of India. Star Publications; 1 st edition. 2008.
  • Mitchell Peters. Fundamental Method for Timpani. Alfred Music Publishing. 1993.
  • Mohammad Reza Azadehfar. Rhythmic structure in Iranian music, Volume 1. Azadehfar. 2004
  • Ned Sublette. Cuba and Its Music: From the First Drums to the Mambo. Chicago Review Press. 2007.
  • Nick Petrella. The ultimate guide to cymbals. Carl Fischer, L.L.C. 2002.
  • Norman Del Mar. Anatomy of the Orchestra. University of California Press. 1983.
  • Peter Houlahan, Dave Mallinson. The Irish Drum: An Bodhran. Mel Bay Publications. 2007.
  • Pete Sweeney. Drums for the Absolute Beginner. Alfred Music Publishing. 2004.
  • Richard Nidel. World music: the basics. Routledge. 2005.
  • Robert W. Smith, Susan Smith, Susan L. Smith, Michael Story, Garland E. Markham, Richard C. Crain. Band Expressions, Book Two Student Edition: Percussion. Alfred Publishing. 2005.
  • Richie Gajate-Garcia. Play Bongos & Hand Percussion Now: Basics and Beyond. Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.2002.
  • Robert M. McCormick . Percussion for Musicians. A Complete, Fundamental Literature and Technique Method for Percussion. Alfred Music Publishing. 1985.
  • Sadanand Naimpalli. Theory and Practice of Tabla. Popular Prakashan Ltd. 2008.
  • Steve Fidyk. Inside the Big Band Drum Chart. Mel Bay Publications. 2008.
  • Steve Houghton. Drums in the Rhythm Section. Alfred Music Publishing. 1997.
  • Thomas D. Rossing. Science of percussion instruments. World Scientific Pub Co Inc; 1st edition. 2000.
  • Trevor Salloum. Mel Bay The Bongo Book. Mel Bay Publications, Inc.; 1 edition. 1997.
  • Trevor Salloum. Mel Bay Bongo Drumming. Mel Bay Publications, Inc. 2000.
  • Tom Klower. The Joy of Drumming: Drums & Percussion Instruments from Around the World. Binkey Kok, Holland. 1997.
  • Willi Apel . Harvard dictionary of music. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press; Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged edition. 1944
  • Wikipedia contributors. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Accessed May 27, 2011.
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