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Shake It Up With Percussion Instruments

Percussion instruments are a very important part of a song. Without drums a song would have no beat. What's a song without a beat? Lame - that's what. Drums aren't the only way to add beats and rhythms to your tune though. There are a lot of neat percussion instruments that'll spice up your songs. Here are a few to shake things up.

Percussion Instrument - Guiro

The guiro is a hand-held hollow percussion instrument made out of wood or from a gourd. It originated in Latin America and comes in a variety of long shapes. One of the shapes looks like a fish so the instrument is often referred to as "the fish." To play the fish you simply scrape a wood stick back and forth across the ridges on the body. The tempo (or speed) is up to you. It makes that famous "cha-cha" sound and is very common in Latin American pop music like Ricky Martin.

Percussion Instrument - The Cowbell

The cowbell (also called the square hand bell) got its name cuz it looks like something your cow Bessie would sport around her neck. The cowbell is made out of metal of course but doesn't have a little "ringer" inside of it - you strike it with a stick. There are hand-held versions and mountable ones for your drum kit. It's not usually used throughout an entire song - usually only in sections so it stands out. Cowbells are used in all styles of music - especially funk music. Can you imagine War's famous Low Rider tune without a cowbell?

Percussion Instrument - Tambourine

Add a little jingle to your tune with a tambourine. Tambourines are made from various materials and come in an easy-to-handle crescent shape, full circle or as a drum kit mount. Some tambourines have a drum skin stretched across one side that you hit and the others you just [kwlink]rattle[/kwlink]. The noise is produced by the little metal "symbols" or flat metal plates rattling against each other. They come in brass or steel jingles. This is another popular percussion instrument used by tons of bands. The Doors used a tambourine a lot in their music to mimic the sounds of "spirits." Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac used the tambourine so much it kinda became her trademark. No one can shake a tambourine like ol' Stevie.

Percussion Instrument - Cabasa

The cabasa is another hand-held instrument that produces a "beans in a shaker" kinda noise. It's usually made of hard wood with a handle and chain-like metal beads around a spool shape. To use it you simply hold it in one hand while you hit it with the other hand moving the rows of metal beads around the head. They hit each other to produce sound.

Percussion Instrument - Maracas

There's nothing like a pair of maracas to add a little salsa to your song and kick it up a notch! This hand held Latin instrument is usually shaken in pairs and sound is produced by beans or beads hitting the inside wall of the instrument. They're usually made out of wood but can be found in plastic and even metal. The Rolling Stones' tune Sympathy For The Devil is jam-packed with maracas.

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Fairkss
Explanation: Hoshi was best friends with the moon girl, Sina who secretly loved him but they drifted apart when Hoshi met Dimitre, a Russian boy. He hung out with Dimitre more and they both fell in love with each other. However, Sina was jealous and so she got Cira, the sun girl, who was in love with Dimitre to distract him and hang out with him. Dimitre was too kind to reject her so he just hung out with her. In the shadows, Sina was bullying and threatening Hoshi not to meet with Dimitre because if he did she would hurt Dimitre. One day Hoshi couldn't handle it and so he ran to find Dimitre after school. He saw Dimitre and went towards him only to get hit by a car. Dimitre saw Hoshi lying on the floor and rushed towards him and hugged him while Hoshi slowly died in his arms. Dimitre never got over his death after that point.
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Fairkss
There once was a boy named Hoshi. Just like his name his smile was as bright as the stars in the sky. One day he met another boy who's eyes were a mixture of the aqua ocean and green land, Earth. His name was Dimitre and he came from a far away land. They fell hard for each other. Their love stronger than anything in the galaxy. The star left the moon's side to join hands with the earth in their journey of love. But a girl carrying a name that meant the moon felt jealous. Jealous of the stars love for the Earth. She wanted to make it so that Hoshi could never meet Dimitre again, and with the help of another girl with her sun-kissed hair, the star could never see the Earth. The sun would blind the Earth so much that he couldn't see Hoshi who would shine brightly with teary eyes, and then when the sun would go to sleep so did the Earth, and only the stars would feel pain. Months went by and Hoshi's heart only broke harder and harder until a plan popped in his brain. The star, lost and all alone, cut off the wings that allowed him to shine and he fell out of the sky with hot fiery pain. Dimitre saw Hoshi in his hurt and painful state and embraced him. They could finally be together. Only for a brief moment, until Hoshi could feel himself slip into a deep sleep wrapped in Dimitre's arms. The star had gone out, and had left a gaping hole in the Earth's heart that could never be filled.
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nqme
nqme posted in Debating:
I appreciate it, but that doesn't help my conscience.  To me, you're practically saying "if one of us dies, that's okay because there are still plenty of other humans all around the world".  I don't put other animals above us, of course, but they still exist.  Anyway, good day.  Enjoy this egg's before  [s:p/1n9v] and after  [s:p/1n7e] because I'm not sure how to say "good day" without sounding sarcastic.
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Igiveuponthename
That's because of our own human nature. We often value ourselves more than anyone else. Everybody affects everybody indirectly. People value progress over everything. One day the world will come crashing down, and with this crumbling and twisted society with it. Want to make a difference? Well, it's not too late to start.
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Fairkss
Fairkss posted in Say Anything:
I really hate how society is built. I really hate how unaccepting people are and how we have gotten this far due to sacrifices and inflicting pain on others. Why do we do this to our own kind? ​We are just destroying ourselves because we are unable to understand why some people do what they do. Why can't we just accept people for how they are? They're heart and their soul. I know the world can't be perfect but honestly right now the world isn't okay. Of course I'm just a kid so whatever I say won't matter but anyways that's just what has been on my mind lately :)
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