Definition and background:
A cymbal (a circular brass plate measuring from 6 to 16 inches across) that sits on a stand at an angle as is part of the drum kit ( drum set), and is struck with drum sticks or brushes to keep a rhythmic pulse of the composition. This cymbal is named for the explosive splash sound that it produces. It is used to provide special accents in a composition where its special sound will add a unique effect. See also cymbal; crash cymbals; suspended cymbal; ride cymbal; hi-hat; sizzle cymbal.
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