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The triangle is a metal bar, bent into a triangle shape with a gap in one corner.

To play it

You tap it with a little metal stick.

The triangle might be very small, but you still need to concentrate so you don’t go ‘ding’ in the wrong place. And sometimes, when you dangle the triangle from the top, it swings away when you want to hit it and you miss!

The sound

The triangle makes a tinkling sound. And when you shake the stick backwards and forwards really quickly in the middle of the triangle, it sounds a bit like someone’s doorbell.

Do You Know?

Do You Know?

See if you can answer the questions below!

 What shape is a triangle?

a. Square
b. Circular
c. Triangular

 The triangle is…

a. Bigger than a violin
b. Smaller than castanets
c. Smaller than a tambourine

 What sort of sound does a triangle make?

a. Bang
b. DIng
c. Click

 What is the triangle made of?

a. Plastic
b. Wood
c. Metal

 You strike the triangle with...

a. A beater
b. Your hand
c. A hammer

Play More Music!

Play More Music!

Here is more music to listen to. Click the + to see tracks and information about each work!

Selected Triangle Extracts

Franz Liszt (1811–1886)
Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124 / R455: III. Allegretto vivace (extract)

Listen to the high tinkle between the piano’s bits – it’s like a game of cat and mouse!

Performers: Joseph Banowetz, piano; Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra; Oliver Dohnányi

Taken from Naxos 8.553267

Nikolai Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)
Scheherazade, Op. 35: IV. Festival at Baghdad – The Sea (extract)

The fast, high, insistent dinging adds to the drama of this spectacular piece.

Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra; Enrique Bátiz

Taken from Naxos 8.550726