A glockenspiel and a set of crotales in use
While individual cowbells are generally considered unpitched, sets such as these can be found in a chromatic arrangement.

A pitched percussion instrument (also known as a melodic or tuned 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.[1]

Pitching of percussion instruments is achieved through a variety of means.

The term pitched percussion is now preferred to the traditional term tuned percussion:

This second consideration also means that the traditional division into tuned and untuned percussion is to some extent oversimplified:

Pitched percussion includes the class of:

See also


  1. ^ Blades, James (1992). Percussion Instruments and Their History (Rev. ed.). Westport, CT: Bold Strummer. p. 398. ISBN 978-0-933224-71-1. OCLC 28230162.