Find the best gong lessons, classes, and instructors at HeyKiki and learn how to play the gong. The gong is an ancient instrument from Asia whose origins are said to go back to 2000 B.C. and possibly even older than that! The gong is still widely used today as this instrument has become a part of the culture and its traditions. It was used in the past to communicate with their people for making announcements, meditation and healing, as well as for entertainment purposes in music and dance rituals, it was even used as a symbol of wealth and fortune. There are different types of gongs which are usually made from brass or bronze—there are suspended gongs, which are usually flat and hanging by a cord; nipple gongs, which have a raised middle section and are played while being in a horizontal position; and bowl gongs, which are shaped like bowls and usually played while it sits on a cushion. What gives off the beautiful and powerful sounds are the vibrations across the metal surface when struck.