Scraper, Percussion Instrument

What is a Scraper?

The Scraper is a popular percussion instrument used primarily in Jazz music, popular in parts of Africa, Caribbean, Central and South America. Scraping instruments usually have a ridged / rough edge and are played by scraping the rough body with a stick or a comb.

Types of Scrapers

The sound created by scraping instruments is used as an accompaniment played in a rhythmic pattern.

1) Washboard – has a rectangular wooden frame with metal ridges. To play the Washboard, the player uses either a whisk broom or metal thimble worn on fingers.

2) Guiro – is made from ridged bamboo or metal spring, played in Africa and Latin America.

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