How to Improve Your Enjoyment of Music

How to Improve Your Enjoyment of Music

Music can move us to tears, elevate our moods, and even remind us of times that have long gone. Music can be extremely meaningful for many of us as it can hold connotations of special moments in our lives, help us think clearly or improve our mindset. For some of us, music is a release … Read more

Guide to the Oud

A photo of an Oud Instrument

The oud is a stringed instrument that comes from the Lute family. The word ‘oud’ is an Arabic term that represents several varieties of important, as well as natural woods that are used in making this instrument. Although it seems quite similar with the lute, the oud has a shorter neck and has no frets. … Read more

Guide to the Carillon

A photo of the carillon in Olympiapark Muchen

The carillon is a percussion instrument that consists of about twenty-three to seventy cup-shaped bells. Its name originated from the French word ‘quadrillon,’ which means, ‘four bells.’ In Germany, the carillon is called the Glockenspiel. These bells were housed inside a bell tower, church, or municipal building. Also, the carillon bells were played in a … Read more

Guide to the Kemenche

A photo of the kemenche of the Black Sea

The kemenche or kamancheh is a bottle-shaped instrument that came from the north-eastern Asia Minor bordering the Black Sea. This stringed instrument has a substantial symbolic value and cultural identity for the Pontic Greeks. The name of this instrument came from a Persian origin that means “little bow” or “small bow.” As well as that, … Read more

Guide to the Gong

A gong is a musical instrument with a shape of a circular metal bronze disc. This percussion instrument is struck using mallets. The mallets are tended to be felted mallets that are traditionally made out of wood with a bulbous tip. It can also be struck using the drumsticks, although this produces a less resonant … Read more

Guide to Steelpans

Steel Pan

Steelpan or also known as steel drum is a percussion instrument that originated in Trinidad and Tobago. Back then, steelpans were built from industrial containers. Today, steelpan manufacturers usually use high-quality steel to construct the instrument. Soloists and small ensembles can play steelpans because they come in different tones, ranges, and timbres. In this guide, … Read more

Guide to the Kutiyapi

The kutiyapi, also known as kudyapi, is a two-stringed boat lute that originated in the Philippines. Some name variations also existdepending on what region it is used. In Maguindanao, this instrument was referred to as ‘kutiapi,’ while the Maranao called this ‘kotyapi.’ At the same time, the Subanon named it ‘kotapi.’ The Tiruray people named … Read more

Guide to the African Conga Drum

A photo of a conga pair

The conga drum is a percussion instrument that originated from Africa. Its exact origin is unknown, but researchers agree that the conga was developed by Cuban people in the late 19th century or early 20th century.It is a single-headed drum that became famous after they were included in Cuban music. Traditional conga drums are made … Read more