During a two-year recovery from tuberculosis at a sanitorium, Ringo Starr was first exposed to a percussion instrument in the form of a makeshift mallet made from a cotton bobbin that he used to strike the cabinets next to his hospital bed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rin…
There is a kind of percussion instrument called a cabasa which has loops of chains of small steel balls wrapped around a wide cylinder en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cab…
Even though the piano creates sound using strings, it is usually classified as a percussion instrument because the strings are hit by hammers to generate the sound, rather than plucked or bowed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pia…
Soundgarden's song "Spoonman" was about a Seattle-based street performer named Artis who has traveled the world playing the spoons since the late 1960s. He played spoons and various other percussion "instruments" throughout the song. youtube.com/watch?v=wmkn1…
The Blanks, an acapella group, were known as The Worthless Peons on their dozens of cameos on TV's Scrubs. They use talking toys as percussion, rather than traditional instruments. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
All the vocals and percussion in 'The Longest Time' are performed by Billy Joel. He recorded and mixed 14 tracks of himself singing. The only instrument on the track is a bass guitar songfacts.com/detail.php?…
There is a percussion instrument called a Hang recently created in Switzerland, which looks like two steelpans glued together and sounds like a harp or bells. youtube.com/watch?v=mS8ei…
Santana DVX was actually a real thing – Not only did Carlos Santana produce an expensive sparkling wine, but also percussion instruments and a line of women's shoes ultimatesantana.com/Santa…
Footballer Dion Dublin invented a percussion instrument, which he called "The Dube" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dio…
There's a percussion instrument called a hang drum that uses the same concept as a steel drum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
A tack piano has thumbtacks or nails placed on the felt-padded hammers of the instrument at the point where the hammers hit the strings, giving the instrument a tinny, more percussive sound. It is used to evoke the feeling of a honky-tonk piano. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tac…
The saxophone is considered a woodwind instrument and not a brass instrument even though it is made of brass. Musical instruments are not actually classified based on what they are made of, but how sounds are produced using them. stagemusiccenter.com/musi…
The Triangle is theoretically an instrument of indefinite pitch, for its fundamental pitch is obscured by its nonharmonic overtones. Triangle parts in classical music can be very demanding and "the triangle is by no means a simple instrument to play" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Ben Folds showed up to a jury recital at University of Miami's music school with a broken hand from defending his roommate from bullies the night before, but was required to play anyway. He ended up losing his scholarship and in desperation threw his drum kit into his campus' lake. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben…
According to a New York Times article from 1996, Lisa Simpson from 'The Simpsons' was responsible for an increase in young people, especially young women, playing the saxophone nytimes.com/1996/01/14/we…
There is no such thing as a 'triangle player' in an orchestra. The guy playing the triangle is called a percussionist, and must master at least 35 different instruments. guardian.co.uk/music/2008…
Today I Learned the song β€œfreaking out the neighborhood” by Mac Demarco is about his mom finding a video of him sticking a pair drum sticks up his ass. timeout.com/newyork/music…
Xylophones only have wood bars, their metal counterparts are called Glockenspiels, and are usually smaller and have a higher pitch. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glo…
Today I learned of Warcraft-based song called 'Loktar Ogar' by revered black metal band 'Rotting Christ' - all lyrics are actual orcish. youtube.com/watch?v=zAhlA…

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