are many members in the family of percussion instruments,
all of which possess distinguished features. Though their
tone colors are simple, some of them cannot even be regarded
as musical sounds. They play a vital role in enhancing the
atmosphere of the music. The percussion instruments produce
sounds through striking, rubbing, or shaking. Some of them
can be used as melody instruments.
is a great variety of percussion instruments in China, with
playing skills that are rich and have distinctive ethnical
styles. With their ways of producing sounds, they can be divided
into several sub-categories: 1)brass group, such as
the dalo, xiaolo, yunlo, small and big cymbals, etc.; 2)wood
group, such as the ban, bagzi, and muyu, etc.; 3)leather
group, such as the dagu, xiaogu, bangu, and paigu, etc.
percussion instruments are not simply rhythmic instruments
that each set can be played independently and they play an
important role in setting off the musical contents and opera
plots and enhancing the musical expressiveness. In China,
these national percussion instruments are often incorporated
in western orchestras.