The triangle is often the subject of jokes and one liners in Europe and North America as an archetypal instrument that requires no skill to play. (The Martin Short character Ed Grimley is an example.) However, triangle parts in classical music can be very demanding, and James Blades in the Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians writes that “the triangle is by no means a simple instrument to play”. In the hands of an expert it can allegedly be a subtle and expressive instrument that makes a beautiful tone/pitch with the vibration
The triangle is an idiophone type of musical instrument in the percussion family. It is a bar of metal, usually steel but sometimes other metals like beryllium copper, bent into a triangle shape. The instrument is usually held by a loop of some form of thread or wire at the top curve. It was first made around the 16th century.