What is membranophone?

  • (noun): A musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretch across each end.
    Synonyms: drum, tympan


A membranophone is any musical instrument which produces sound primarily by way of a vibrating stretched membrane. It is one of the four main divisions of instruments in the original Hornbostel-Sachs scheme of musical instrument classification.

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Membranophone - Other Categories
... Water drums are also sometimes treated as a distinct category of membranophone ... The talking drum is an important category of West African membranophone, characterized by the use of varying tones to "talk" ... Hornbostel–Sachs system Idiophone List Membranophone List Chordophone List Aerophone List Electrophone List of musical instruments by Hornbostel-Sachs number Musical instrument classification ...
Percussion Instrument - Classifications - By Methods of Sound Production - Membranophone
... Main article Membranophone See also CategoryMembranophones Most objects commonly known as "drums" are membranophones ... Membranophones produce sound when the membrane or head is struck." Examples of membranophones Bass drum Bongos Conga Darbuka Djembe Mridangam Octoban Snare drum Tabla Timpani Tom-tom The lion's ... the stick, thus ensuring their classification as membranophones ...
List Of Percussion Instruments - Percussion Instruments
... Atabaque Unpitched Bass drum Unpitched Membranophone Batá drum Unpitched Membranophone Bell Both Idiophone Bodhrán Unpitched Bond Bongo drum Unpitched Membranophone Cabasa Unpitched Idiophone ...