There are other instruments you may find in a drum circle that defy classification. They are, nonetheless, fun and important contributors to the overall sound of the group

Claves / Rhythm Sticks

ClavesTwo sticks played together. You would think that it’s no big deal, right? The most experienced leaders of ensembles are often in charge of these cleverly simple instruments. The clave is the heartbeat of many latin styles of music including “Son,” and, in Australian Aboriginal cultures, rhythm sticks play important roles in communal music making.

Wood Blocks

Made of wood or plastic, these are among some of the oldest percussion instruments around. They add an organic flavor to the ensemble, and can really add to the beauty and intensity of the rhythm!

Wood block