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:

14 thoughts on “Listen Up! “T” is for Triangle

  1. 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, @


  2. 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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  3. 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.


  4. 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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