Woodblock (instrument)

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Percussion instrumentWoodblock (instrument)_header_cell_0_0_0
Other namesWoodblock (instrument)_header_cell_0_1_0 Woodblock, Chinese woodblock, Clog box, Tap boxWoodblock (instrument)_cell_0_1_1
ClassificationWoodblock (instrument)_header_cell_0_2_0 PercussionWoodblock (instrument)_cell_0_2_1
Hornbostel–Sachs classificationWoodblock (instrument)_header_cell_0_3_0 111.2

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A wood block (also spelled as a single word, woodblock) is a small slit drum made from a single piece of wood and used as a percussion instrument. Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_0

The term generally signifies the Western orchestral instrument, though it is related to the ban time-beaters used by the Han Chinese, which is why the Western instrument is sometimes referred to as Chinese woodblock. Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_1

Alternative names sometimes used in ragtime and jazz are clog box and tap box. Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_2

In orchestral music scores, wood blocks may be indicated by the French bloc de bois or tambour de bois, German Holzblock or Holzblocktrommel, or Italian cassa di legno (). Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_3

The orchestral wood block of the West is generally made from teak or another hardwood. Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_4

The dimensions of this instrument vary, although it is either a rectangular or cylindrical block of wood with one or sometimes two longitudinal cavities (). Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_5

It is played by striking it with a stick, which produces a sharp crack (). Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_6

Alternatively, a rounder mallet, soft or hard, may be used, which produces a deeper-pitched and fuller "knocking" sound. Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_7

In a drum kit, a wood block was traditionally mounted on a clamp fixed to the top of the rear rim of the bass drum. Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_8

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Log drums made from hollowed logs, and slit drums made from bamboo, are used in Africa and the Pacific Islands. Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_9

The muyu (simplified Chinese: 木鱼; traditional Chinese: 木魚; pinyin: mùyú) is a rounded wood block carved in the shape of a fish and struck with a wooden stick. Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_10

It is made in various sizes and is often used in Buddhist chanting, in China as well as in other Asian nations including Japan, Korea, and Vietnam. Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_11

Also, in China, a small, rectangular, high-pitched wood block called bangzi () is used. Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_12

This instrument is called a temple block in a Western orchestral context. Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_13

Typically used in sets of four different pitches, they are sometimes called "skulls" by jazz players because of their globular shape (). Woodblock (instrument)_sentence_14


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