Ultimate Guide to the Guitar Family of Instruments

person holding a guitar

Guitars belong to the plucked string instruments. It is a subcategory of string instruments that are played by plucking the strings. It is a way of pulling and releasing the string in such a way as to give it an impulse that causes the string to vibrate. It is done by either … Read more

Ultimate Guide to Keyboard Instruments

piano keys

Keyboard instruments are those musical instruments that feature a row of levers that are pressed by the fingers. The most common keyboard instruments include the piano, organ, and electronic keyboards like synthesizers and digital pianos. There are also other keyboard instruments like celestas, which are struck idiophones operated by a keyboard, and … Read more

Ultimate Guide to Percussion Instruments

different percussion instruments

In an orchestra, the percussion family is the largest. Percussion instruments involve all the instruments that create a sound when it is shaken, hit, or scraped. It is quite challenging to play percussion instruments as you need a lot of practice to hit an instrument at the right place and time with … Read more

Ultimate Guide to Woodwind Instruments

The woodwind family of instruments is a subgroup of the more general category of wind instruments. In this family, there are two main types of instruments, which are reed instruments and flutes. Reed instruments are considered woodwind due to the way they make their sound. They split the air stream of the … Read more

Ultimate Guide to Brass Instruments

a brass instrument

Brass instruments are musical instruments that produce sound by sympathetic vibration of air in a cylindrical resonating chamber in sympathy with the vibration of the player’s lips. They are also sometimes called labrosones or labrophones, which are from Latin and Greek elements that mean “lip” and “sound.” The brass family got its … Read more

Guide to Different Kinds of Box Zithers

Akkordolia

Zither is a general term for stringed instruments that have strings fastened across their frame. This instrument also lacks any neck or arms not unlike the lute or guitar. The zither’s resonator may be in the part of its body or it can also be attached to it. Instruments that belongs to … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Read more