Instrument Overview

picture of bells

The bells are a member of the percussion instrument family. Bells are a type of pitched percussion, which means that melodies can be played with this instrument. Bars on the bells are struck with mallets to produce the sound.

Many teachers insist that beginning percussionists play bells so that they learn to read notes, which will enable them to play other pitched percussion instruments like the xylophone, vibraphone, marimba, and timpani (in addition to snare drum and unpitched percussion).

When you rent the bells, it's part of a "percussion kit" that includes a practice pad and sticks -- for learning to play snare drum -- as well as a stand that will hold either the bells or the practice pad.

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Bells Facts

  • Instrument Family: Percussion
  • Key: C (concert pitch) - sound matches the written note
  • Clef: treble clef
  • Reputable Student Brands Include: Ludwig, Yamaha