Guide to Accordions

different types of accordion

An accordion is a musical instruments that is sometimes referred to as the squeezebox. It is a wind instrument that is played by expanding or compressing the bellows while pressing the buttons or keys to open the pallets and allow the air to flow across the strips of reeds that are made of brass or … Read more

Guide to Bandura

Drawing of a Bandura

The bandura, or also known as  kobza, is a stringed musical instrument that belongs to the psaltery family. It is considered as the national musical instrument of Ukraine, and it is mainly used to accompany folk music. The bandura is considered to have both the elements of a lute and a zither. A musician who … Read more

Guide to Bombarde

Blackwood bombarde

Bombarde, or also known as the German Pumhart, English bombard or Pommer, is a double-reed wind instrument that belongs to the oboe or shawm family. Just like other shawms, the bombard has a broad and powerful sound that somehow resembles the sound of a trumpet. A person who plays a bombard is called as the … Read more

Guide to Oboe the Family

Different types of oboe

The oboe is a member of the woodwind family of musical instruments. Woodwind instruments got their name because they were traditionally made of wood. Today, they are made of different materials. In order to play these kinds of instruments, the player  blows air through the instrument. The oboe, along with its relatives such as the … Read more

Guide to Txalaparta

Five board txalaparta

The Txalaparta is a Baque music instrument that is made from stone or wood. In some places in Basque Country, it is called the zalaparta, which means racket, while in some regions, it is called the txalaparta, which implies the trot of the horse, because the sound that this instrument produces is just like the … Read more

Guide to Flutes

Western concert flute

The first flutes are known to be invented before farming, metalworking, and domestication. Studies show that flutes have existed since 40,000 BC, and back then, they were made with bones of different animals. Aside from that, these flutes not only have mouthpieces, they also have holes to govern airflow throughout the instrument. Most of the … Read more

Guide to Vibraphone

Man playing  Musser Vibraphone

A vibraphone is a musical instrument that belonged to the percussion family. This instrument has tuned metal bars, and it is played by holding two to four soft mallets hitting the metal bars. The vibraphone is like a marimbaphone or a steel marimba. The instruments’ significant difference is that the vibraphone’s bars are suspended over … Read more

Guide to the Chalumeau

Chalumeau during the 1700s

The Chalumeau is a single-reed woodwind instrument that was introduced during the late baroque and early classical periods. It has eight tone holes, seven of which are located in the front, and one is in the back where the thumb is placed. It also has a broad mouthpiece with one heteroglot reed that is made … Read more

Guide to Pandeiro

pandeiro image

A Pandeiro is a type of hand frame percussion instrument that is popular in Brazil. It has a cylindrical shape, and it looks just like a tambourine. The only difference it has with the tambourine is that the Pandeiro’s head has adjustable tension. The Pandeiro is usually 8-12 inches in diameter; aside from that, it … Read more

Guide to Guan – A Chinese Wind Instrument

A guanzi

Guan is a Chinese double-reed wind instrument that is also called as bili or guanzi. Unlike other double-reed instruments with conical bores, the guan has a cylindrical bore, which gives its distinctive buzz-like but mellow timbre. In this article, we are going to learn more about the history and characteristics of this woodwind instrument. History … Read more