Dam dam dadadam dam dadadaaa – Oh, sorry, damn catchy tune…
Of course, this technique can be quite pricy if you want to hire the best musicians. However there are several cheaper options out there, cheaper musicians who are very good at what they do (try upworks.com!).
But there is another way you can incorporate it in your own music, and that is by recording it yourself! If you have a small little bongo drum lying around, or a flute or anything really that makes some good sound for your music – record yourself playing it and put it in your mix! It can be a secondary focus in the track (or primary, center focus if you feel confident in playing, like a soaring violin solo). You can even use your own voice. As long as it’s actually a real recording, recorded specifically for your track, it will add a lot to your track and the overall sound.
Here’s a track I did several years ago, where I am using one live instrument that I played myself; a small djembe. It gets introduced at around 0:57.