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How to play percussion instruments

In this series of videos Mark Taylor from Primary Music on Fire demonstrates how to play the percussion instruments from the percussion trolley but also how to think about using them.

Mark combines his professional performing career with teaching drums, percussion instruments and whole group rhythm workshops. With 25 years experience there is something to take away for everyone.


Primary Music on Fire –

Taking the fear out of teaching music, by giving you the step by step skills and ongoing support you need, to produce lifelong musical memories for you, your school and your pupils.

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A cymbal is a common percussion instrument. Often used in pairs, cymbals consist of thin, normally round plates of various alloys. The majority of cymbals are of indefinite pitch, although small disc-shaped cymbals based on ancient designs sound a definite note. Wikipedia


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