Velkommen til Percussion Play’s Blog

Vi håber, du vil være en regelmæssig gæst. Vi har vores blog og deler historier om de instrumenter, vi laver og de mennesker, der spiller på dem. Vi deler detaljer om spændende nye musikprojekter fra hele verden. Vi deler oplysninger om de instrumenter vi sælger og lidt om den inspiration der ligger bag dem.

Vi giver dig også besked om events der finder sted.

Vigtigst af alt, så handler denne blog om hvad vi elsker at gøre mest, hjælpe dig med at skabe nye og spændende projekter med udendørs musikinstrumenter.

Tak fordi du læser med, besøger, kommentere og bidrager, det er vi rigtig glade for!

Welcome to the New Percussion Play Website

If you’ve visited our site before, you may notice that a few things have changed. Rather charming new design and layout? Correct! Slightly different navigation? Correct! Different colour scheme? Correct! The same fantastic outdoor musical instruments for everyone, everywhere? Correct!

We’d like to introduce our newly redesigned website to you. Fundamentally we’re still the same Percussion Play with the same great products but all slightly more shiny and hopefully a bit clearer. We set out to refresh our appearance, hoping to bring you a website that you can easily navigate and regularly visit.

If you’ve not visited our site before, then hello! We welcome new visitors with open arms. Please do have a look around and if you like what you see you can also follow us on our various social media channels: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and Google+. Please do follow, subscribe, like, encircle us and say hello.

Our Blog (where you are now) is obviously another way to connect...


Music & Movement: World Nursery Rhyme Week

This week has been World Nursery Rhyme Week (10-14th November). A week-long celebration promoting the importance of nursery rhymes to the under 5’s.

Songs and rhymes for young children have been passed down for generations. They are fun, children love them, and they provide a warm, nurturing experience between parent and child. What we may not be aware of as we recite simple nursery rhymes or sing songs with children is they’re not just for fun, they have enormous educational value.

Short and sweet, they help children to learn language formation. They contribute to a child's spatial development when used with music and movement. Nursery rhymes also contain moral lessons to teach and are great for introducing counting and animal sounds.

When children hear nursery rhymes, they hear the sounds vowels and consonants make. They learn how to put these sounds together to make words. They also practice pitch, volume, and voice inflection, as well as the rhythm of language. Children...


Fun Halloween Activity for the Outdoor Music Classroom

Here is a fun Halloween music activity that you can do with your class using your outdoor musical instruments that will teach rhythm while scaring the pants off them! Sounds thrilling? Take a look!

It is a familiar game, similar to ‘What’s The Time Mr Wolf’, but with musical instruments, uses listening skills and has a Halloween twist!

Their task — or the "trick" — is to match the rhythm with the character shown on the cards.

A little preparation is required. Before playing the game you need to print the rhythm cards from the Halloween rhythm sheet below. Mount the sheet on card and cut it into five, for the different characters.

Spend a little time teaching, demonstrating and practicing each character’s rhythm, so that the children can begin to recognise which character is which.

How to Play: Place the cards into a bag or hat and place it near the outdoor musical instruments. One child is chosen to be the ‘witch’ and sits a little way from the musical instruments. The...


Outdoor Musical Improvisation (aka Noodling)

What is musical improvisation?

1) To invent, compose, or perform with little or no preparation. 2) To play (music) or sing extemporaneously, especially by inventing variations on a melody or creating new melodies.

Simply put, it is music made in the moment - the experience begins and ends in real time.

Learning to play a musical instrument is a wonderful, enriching thing to do. Additionally, there have been many articles and studies written on the benefits of learning to play a musical instrument from a young age. However sometimes the training can teach consistency, but not necessarily creativity in the individual. Improvisation is all about the creativity of the performer, and developing this creativity will go on to have many benefits in the rest of their music making. Essentially, good improvisational skills will promote a confidence in all performances.

At Percussion Play we passionately advocate improvisation. Our instruments are specifically designed to encourage...


Inspired by Tradition – Harmony Outdoor Xylophone

Along with rice, another crop harvested in Vietnam is bamboo. Bamboo has long been used as an assembly material in Asia because of its versatility and it has numerous uses. After it is split, bamboo can be used for fences, baskets, and mats. The stems can make simple furniture, hunting implements, traps and musical instruments.

Two of the most popular traditional folk instruments in Vietnam are made from bamboo—the bamboo flute and the bamboo ‘hanging’ xylophone. The flute is found in most regions, while the xylophone hails from the mountainous region and is called a T’Rung. The T’Rung is an idiophone, percussive instrument made from lengths of bamboo in differing sizes. Traditionally, the T’rung would be suspended at the top from a tree and bound to the players belly at the bottom. It would be played with two double sticks which perfectly cover the range of one octave. After playing it would be rolled up and carried away on the players back.

The design of Percussion Play’s...