Percussion is usually played with a stick/mallet/beater. Guitars are usually played with a pick. Violins are usually played by bows. Etcetera, etcetera.
You don’t actually have to limit yourself to this.
When you are performing, recording, or writing notes into your score for the performers – you can change things up.
Think of all the times Eddie Van Halen used a drill on his guitar strings. Or the many times classical composers have used a prepared piano. Violins playing with the back of their bows or with pencils. Using a glass bottle or slider.
Be creative and play around with how you can achieve the sound you imagine with unconventional tools.
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