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percussive Line breaks: per|cus¦sive
Pronunciation: /pəˈkʌsɪv/

Definition of percussive in English:


Relating to or produced by percussion: percussive sounds
More example sentences
  • The balls make a percussive and melodic sound, whose pitch depends on how fast the ball is moving when it hits the line.
  • Rather than the guitar, Cuban musicians have always favoured the tres, an acoustic instrument with three pairs of strings and a quite different, harsher and more percussive sound.
  • His touch and tone are wonderful, and on the solo pieces his use of percussive sounds, banging chords, glowering bass figures and scampering uptempo lines make him sound like an innovator.



Example sentences
  • He started transcribing Webern's serial music to break the usual moulds of guitar technique, and moved on to abstract sound generation - brittle, behind-the-bridge noises, glimmering electronics, raw, percussively struck discords.
  • One can play lyrically, harmonically, orchestrally, percussively and practically imitate any other instrument.
  • I have to be in the rhythm, singing percussively, and you need certain words for that, arranged in a specific way.


Example sentences
  • While the titles all refer to distinct sections of the film the overall feeling is of a floating, dreamlike wash of sound and gamelan-like percussiveness.
  • Although most western ears cannot understand the languages of her lyrics, one is struck by the percussiveness, emotion and joy in her songs.

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