In Step

Wikipedia says: Body percussion is the art of striking the body to produce various types of sounds for didactic[5], therapeutic[6], anthropological[7] and social purposes. In both the world of musical traditions[8] and the world of the performance, body percussion has had various roles, which can be classified into its uses, meanings and functions which are specific to each individual culture. It is important to point out that nowadays the media and social networks play an important role in promoting body percussion due to their high levels of visual and aesthetic[9] content. That said, however, its applications are highly varied, which is why we can classify the publications up until now into thematic blocks.[10]

Percussion instruments produce their sound when a player hits, scrapes, rubs or shakes them to produce vibrations. These techniques can also be applied to the human body. The body also presents several unique possibilities including the use of inhaled or exhaled air and vocal sounds.

Traditionally the four main body percussion sounds (in order from lowest pitch to highest in pitch) are:

  1. Stomp: Striking left, right, or both feet against the floor or other resonant surface
  2. Patsch: Patting either the left, right, or both thighs with hands; or patting cheeks
  3. Clapping hands together
  4. Snapping fingers

Molodi Extreme Body Percussion demonstrates many facets of body percussion.

“If you can talk you can sing, if you can walk you can dance”

-Traditional saying in Ghana

Summary
What is Body Percussion?
Article Name
What is Body Percussion?
Description
The art of body percussion and stepping use hands, feet, fingers, skin and bone to create rhythm and melody like an instrument.