Listen Up! “T” is for Triangle

TNot the tuba. Or trumpet. Or trombone. Today, “T” is for triangle, a percussion instrument made of steel or copper bent into the shape of a…..yeah, a triangle. One of the angles is left open a little, which gives it some pitch.

The poor triangle is the subject of jokes. Remember Ed Grimley on Saturday Night Live? However, some triangle parts in classical music can be difficult – really! Watch here:



I think, after listening to that video, that the triangle is an under appreciated instrument. Wow. That was amazing. I had no idea. I always hated being “stuck” with the triangle or tambourine when I was in school! If I’d known it could sound like that I might have tried harder! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @

Wow – such clever stuff with a piece of bent metal!

We’re a low brass family, so I rooted for tuba and trombone. Still, a very interesting choice. I had no idea that hole was to give pitch! Another winner.

Yeah, the triangle doesn’t get enough respect!

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As soon as I saw the choice I immediately thought of the poor clumsy kid in grade school who played the triangle because they had no music sense or talent whatsoever. Of course, they just hit it once or twice when told, not like this guy.

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Wow that sure is some triangeling skill there. It was always the instrument no one wanted to play, but that way it is cool and well a real orchestra needs one.

Agree, Alex. When I watched this video, I chose the triangle for my “T” instrument, even though I’m partial to a great slide trombone šŸ˜‰

That’s interesting… but at least for me, I think the triangle needs to have another instrument with it! It sounded very truncated. Still, that took some considerable skill!

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