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Shaker Percussion

What is a Shaker

A shaker describes a large number of percussive musical instruments used for creating rhythm in music. They are called shakers because the method of creating the sound involves shaking them — moving them back and forth in the air rather than striking them. Most may also be struck for a greater accent on certain beats. Shakers are often used in rock and other popular styles to provide the ride pattern along with or substituting for the ride cymbal.

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Types of shaker

A shaker may comprise a container, partially full of small loose objects such as beans, which create the percussive sounds as they collide with each other, the inside surface, or other fixed objects inside the container – as in a Rainstick, Caxixi or Egg shaker.