Top 10 Best Percussion Instruments

The Top Ten
1 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.

This is considered a percussion instrument, so it deserves to be on this list. Inside, you have a bunch of mallets striking the strings inside the piano. (it is also considered a strings instrument)

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

Can preform any type of music you want. The sound of it is beautiful.

2 Drum Set

I like piano but scientifically it does have percussive qualities but is not a percussion instrument. It fits as a melodic instrument along with guitar

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

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

3 Tabla

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

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

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

4 Steel Drums

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

5 Gong

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

6 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!

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?! "

It's so simple but the sound is cool.

7 Thundersheet
8 Glass Harmonica

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

9 Cowbell
10 Tambourine
The Contenders
11 Marimba

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

Marimbas are awesome. Make a great noise!

They make a great sound, and I prefer their warmer tones to a piano

12 Xylophone

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

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

I love this instrument!

13 Timpani

The most powerful, booming percussion instrument.

Different sounds make a unique instrument!

Going to learn soon, can't wait!

14 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...

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

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

15 Bass Drum

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!

Has a good sound

16 Glass Harp
17 Cajon Drums

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

18 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.

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 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.

21 Vibraphone

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

22 Djembe
23 Cannon
24 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!

25 Temple Blocks

A variety of woodblocks. They have a great sound.

It has an amazing sound!

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