A pitched percussion instrument is a percussion instrument used to produce musical notes of one or more pitches, as opposed to an unpitched percussion instrument which is used to produce sounds of indefinite pitch.

Pitched percussion includes the overlapping classes of:

  • Mallet percussion, instruments such as the glockenspiel and chime bars, played in a particular way.
  • Keyboard percussion, instruments such as the glockenspiel and tubular bells arranged in a particular way (but not including the celesta and other keyboard instruments despite the name).
  • Melodic percussion, instruments used to produce several different pitches.

Pitched percussion

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