Gong : What is it?
A gong is a percussion instrument with a Malay-Javanese origin. Traditionally made of bronze and brass, it is a flat, circular disc with a raised center called a nipple. It is played by striking it with a soft or hard mallet. It is commonly used in musical and theatrical applications. It is available in bossed, suspended, and bowl types in different diameters.
Kinds of Gongs include the following:
|Suspended gong |
- A suspended gong can be made with a hoisted center boss or with a flat face and turned edges.
- It is struck with a beater.
- A harder beater is required for a smaller gong.
- It comes in a chromatic model with a one to 4.5-octave range.
- A chau gong is also called a bullseye gong.
- It is made of copper, brass, or bronze alloy.
- It is a type of suspended gong most popular in Western culture.
- It has a semi-turned up rim, making it shallow and almost flat.
- It has a diameter of seven to 80 inches.
- It was traditionally used for road-clearing for ushering important processions and officials.
- Its larger version is called a tam-tam, which is commonly used in symphony orchestras.
- A nipple gong is a type of suspended gong with a raised nub at the center.
- The nipple is usually made of a different metal from the body.
- It produces a clear and less shimmery resonating tone.
- It has a diameter of six to 14 inches.
- A small nipple gong set is commonly used for creating musical tunes.
- The Bau gong is a nipple gong variety used for worship in Chinese temples.
- An opera gong is commonly used in Chinese opera orchestras.
- It is used in pairs. The smaller gong produces a rising sound, while the larger one produces a descending one.
- The larger gong is used for announcing the major opera characters and emphasizing the consequence and drama parts of the opera.
- The smaller going is used for announcing the minor opera and women characters, and emphasizing the humorous parts of the opera.
- It has a diameter of seven to 12 inches. The larger gong is two inches bigger than the smaller one.
- A pasi gong can be made with or without a nipple.
- It produces a crashing tone.
- It is used for ushering the beginning of a magic show, play, or performance.
- It has a diameter of 12 to 15 inches.
- A tiger gong is considered a semi-ascending or descending gong.
- It has a diameter of eight to 15 inches.
- A wind gong is also called a lion or a feng gong.
- It is made of bronze flattened into a disc.
- It produces a minimal fundamental pitch but provides a sustained and heavy overtone.
- It is struck by a large mallet to produce roaring, crash sound.
- It has a diameter of seven to 40 inches.
- A pot gong is heavy and compact.
- It has a diameter of six to 13 inches.
- It has a nipple at the center.
- It is supported by a wooden framework and a cord suspension system.
- It can be arranged in one to two rows, with each row consisting of eight to 10 pot gongs.
- It is struck by a padded mallet or a wooden stick.
- A bowl gong looks like the singing bowl of Tibet.
- It is also called an up gong because of its open side.
- It is played using different percussion and non-percussion techniques such as using the fingers to rub the rim and using a beater to strike it.
- It is commonly used for worship in temples.
|Beater: Look for a gong that already comes with a mallet that allows you to use it right away.|
Mounting: Choose a suspended gong that already comes with a sturdy wall mounting bracket for mounting it easily to any wall in your home.
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