Cymbals

A cymbal is a common percussion instrument that is classified as a an metallophone, based on the materials they are made of. While the symbol is associated with the drum kit.

Hand held cymbals are found throughout numerous different regions in the world. This includes, such regions as the Middle East, South Asia and South East Asia.

Playing Techniques: Handheld symbols are often played in pairs, held between the and middle and index finger by a string or chord tied from underneath the cymbal for support.

Construction:  Cymbals consist of usually thin, 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.  In South Asia and South East Asia the hand held cymbals vary in size, thickness, diameter and pitch.

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