Throughout history percussion instruments have been used in different cultures and traditions all over the world. David Hockings takes a look at the gong and tam-tam and demonstrates how they’re played.
Apart from the human voice, percussion instruments are the oldest mode of music-making. Most percussion instruments are not tuned, just hit, and the basic structure of a hollowed piece of wood or a skin stretched across an open hole can be found in the earliest music-making known.
David Hockings of Britten Sinfonia talks about the tam-tam and the gong.