Bells are a percussion instrument. They can be made from various materials including clay, glass, or metal. They range in shape and size. They may be played by lightly shaking, as in hand bells, or by striking it using a metal or wooden striker or mallet.
Chimes are small bells which are arranged in a musical sequence. Carillons are a group of tuned bells no less than 23 pieces. Bells can be seen and heard on clock towers such as the famous Rajabai Tower in Mumbai. It was near Babylon when the oldest bells were believed to have been found. They have been widely used throughout history in different parts of the world like Egypt, England, Japan, China and India. They have been used for various purposes such as calling people to pray or announcing the start of a battle.
Read more about bells and their importance in history in today's All About Music!
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