Percussion, in English, usually includes drums, but in Japan in general thought of as separatelfrom drums. Combined with drums to create unique ensembles and sometimes strengthen the rhythm. People who play percussion are generally called percussionists.
The size of each instrument, like the drum, is mainly expressed in inches.
Conga is a percussion instrument born in Cuba and made of buffalo leather on the strike side. REMO and EVANS have also launched conga made of synthetic resin, and they are characterized by being less susceptible to humidity. In addition, although not very common in Japan, conga has different names depending on its size, and it is called quint, conga and tunbadora in ascending order.
Quinto ： 11”
Tunbadora ： 12”
Bongo is a percussion instrument born in Cuba as with the Conga, and also uses buffalo leather. It is different from the Conga in its size, and small enough to be carried with one hand, and characterized by two drums, a larger and a smaller drum that are connected.
This is also available from REMO and EVANS with synthetic resin batting surfaces.
Janbe is a percussion born in West Africa. Goatskin is used for the head, and one type can be tuned with a rope, while another uses a key to tune, released from REMO and LP with synthetic resin heads.
Recently in Japan, it is often seen in street lives and club events. The bass strikes the center and the treble strikes the edge.
The cajon is a percussion instrument that was born in Peru, and because of its ease of use, it is more popular in Japan than the Janbe. In Spanish, it means "box", and as the name suggests, it is a rectangular box with a sound hole at the back. The bass and treble can be divided according to the position where you hit, and one can obtain the bass, snare and other tones like a drum set. Due to its diversity, it has been particularly useful in recent years, especially in street live.
This is also a percussion instrument that was born in Cuba. The metal body is covered with a plastic head, but there is no head at the bottom. The shape is similar to a snare, but it sounds like a tom. When playing, rim shots are often used and metallic sounds are distinctive. Generally, large and small sizes are attached to one stand, and a cowbell and an agogo are often mounted with Timbres, and there is also an approach called a pilar that strikes the side of the torso.
As its name suggests, Cowbell was originally a bell for letting farmers know the whereabouts of cattle and other livestock, but it has been incorporated into Latin music and is now a representative instrument of the widely used Latin percussion.
The tone can be easily changed by holding it by hand, fixing it to a holder, or by using various drumsticks.
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