10 Best Percussion Instruments


The Top Ten

1 Piano Piano The piano is a musical instrument played using a keyboard, which is a row of keys that the performer presses down or strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both hands.

its a fantastic instrument it shows passion and anger so vote NOW

Not exactly percussion is it? But I do love it, it's awesome

Not only do I like the sound of the piano but I love playing it to!

I rwally like the piano
I would say to you to have a go

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2 Tabla

Listen to a master play it and you will find out just how expressive a tabla can be.

Tabla is the best instrument I got to listen... I have heard piano too but not better than tabla...

The greatest percussion instrument ever - straight from the heart to ear!

The best...

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3 Drum Set

Has tons of variety and makes any music great. You can play for hours on the set.

You can have anything in a drum set, that's why I love it so much

Awesome to play. Many songs to play as well as genres. You can add other percussion instruments to it with a mount

Definitely cool to watch people play with tall stick hights but I wouldn’t say top 5

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4 Bass Drum

Has a good sound


love it

I’m playing bass drum for the song Bugler’s Dream in my school band concert, and I LOVE playing it! It so fun to hear the vibrations when you hit it. Bass drum is probably the most important instrument in a band because without it, the whole band will mess up! Bass drum is like the leader of the band!

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5 Xylophone

I have played xylophone. My introduction to percussion. Combination of a piano and drum.

Has a nice, moving sound. The starting mallet instruments.

They are so cool and have a nice peaceful sound

6 Cowbell

I got a fever... and the only prescription... is more cowbell. - VADERtheIMPALER

It needs more cowbell. even the reaper can't hear it.

7 Glass Harmonica

Makes a really cool ethereal-type sound, like outer space.

So call tripple poo

Is cool and simple to play from gugu immaculate S. Godongwana1

8 Steel Drums

Steel drums are sooo cool people! Other than timpani steel drums are the best of the pitched drums.

That's it! RAV drum is my favorite

9 Triangle

Look it up on YouTube and watch a master to really appreciate this instrument. It's not just a ding ding, play it properly and it's awesome!

It's so simple but the sound is cool. - booklover1

First day of school I asked my teacher if I could play the triangle. She handed me an octagon, I was like "what is this?! "

I like the triangle because its shaped like a triangle and its cool

10 Gong

Sounds so amazing and dramatic! It doesn't get enough use.

piff ting

The Newcomers

? Handpan

Melodic and mesmerising..

The Contenders

11 Tambourine

Great instrument.. When u know how to use it!

You are the best peope thet play the trombone and mathew streton hats musik

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13 Marimba

Has a great sound. Makes music sound fun and uplifting.

Marimbas are awesome. Make a great noise!

You said they're awesome. AWESOME!

14 Glass Harp
15 Cajon Drums

Great sound and fun to play

It's so nice to use in jamming with acoustic guitar specially the mienl brand of cajon...

16 Mridangam

The best instrument you can use for Carnatic Music. After you hear to it in a perfect tone you'll get to know the real meaning of elixir. You can hear it's peculiar rhythm only from the hands which is dedicated to it and love to do it! And the sounds from it are really hard to get with a professional touch...

Indian classical drum. Mirthangam is known as "The king of Percussions".

The best percussion instrument on this planet. Listen to an expert and you will know why.

Such a lovely sound

17 Bass Drum
18 Timpani

The most powerful, booming percussion instrument.

Different sounds make a unique instrument!

Going to learn soon, can't wait!

19 Conga

The more the merry. They come in 3 basic sizes Tumba Conga and Quinto. Get all 3 on stage and discover the world of rhythm.

The basis of many Latin songs. These drums make dance music.

Bongos sound better

20 Crash Cymbal

Just love playing it, and when I play it I know that everyone else can hear me - makes me feel Good!

A great addition to concert band pieces.

21 Glockenspiel

Prefer the xylophone, although I can play this and not the xylophone, weird, Right?

No surprises by Radiohead shows how beautiful a glockenspiel can be.

22 Snare Drum

One of the first instruments you learn on. Many percussionist learn rhythms on the snare.

Ha Ha, know 'bout 15 percussion instruments, but not this one!

I love the snare because to me it's the heart of the band

23 Temple Blocks

A variety of woodblocks. They have a great sound.

It has an amazing sound!

24 Vibraphone

If only I could get my hands on one of these...

25 Djembe

A go to instrument if you want to have fun but is also capable producing dynamic sounds in the studio or on stage


26 Maraca
27 Bongos

Sounds pretty cool, but when it gets played it has to really be hit. Perfect for jungle dances!

The best instrument ever created

28 Woodblock
29 Hi-Hat
30 Wind Chimes
31 Castanets

Are these percussion

32 Kalimba
33 Suspended Cymbal

The suspended cymbal can be used in classical or jazz music. The hi-hat keeps the drum set moving.

This sounds pretty cool but only in the right spots, I love playing this!

34 Cabasa
35 Tubular Bells
36 Bell
37 Taiko Drum

Makes the Bass Drum look like a small child's toy.

38 Cymbals
39 Toubeleki
40 Chenda

The Chenda is a cylindrical percussion instrument used widely in the state of Kerala, Tulu Nadu of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in India. In Tulu Nadu (Coastal Karnataka), it is known as chande.
This instrument is famous for its loud and rigid sound. A Chenda has two sides, the left side called " Edamthala " (Left Head) and the right side " Valamthala " (Right Head). The "Edamthala" is made of only one/two layer of cow skin and the "Valamthala" will have a five/seven layer skin, so as to have a bass sound.

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