According to the Hornbostel-Sachs system, the frame rattle is a rattle , i.e. an indirectly beaten shaking idiophone . The sounding rattles are attached to an object and strike against it. In contrast to this, with a row rattle two or more rattle bodies arranged next to one another on a frame strike against each other. The clamp ring belongs to the latter percussion instrument .
There are hardly any examples of independent musical instruments for the systematic understanding of a frame rattle, since the sound mostly does not come from the individually attached objects, but from the frame, as with the Klepper . The term can be used for appendages to some African musical instruments: With some West African inland spit sounds of the Ngoni type , rattle plates (iron plates with metal rings attached to their edges) add a noisy sound. The bucket plate on the Mauritanian Ardin bow harp or crown corks attached to lamellophones work in the same way .