Musical Instruments

Here you can learn about a few instruments and the instrument families they belong to. Find out what makes these instruments different from each other and listen to a professional play them.

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Percussion

Strings

Instruments That need research

Abandala
Adungo
Adungu
Ahoko
Amakondeere
Apentema
Ardin
Armpit drum
Atumpan
Balafang
Balafon
Bamana
Bangwe zither
Banjo
Begena
Bendir
Bendré drum
Bowl lyre
Brekete
Buul
Calabash
Cavaquinho
Chisanji
Daghumma
Darbuka
Dawuro
Djembe Drums
Donmo
Eengoma
Ekwe
Endongo
Engalabi
Firikyiwa
Gaani
Gangan (talking drum)
Gasba
Goblet drums
Gonjey
Gúlúm
Hosho
Hu Hu
Igihuha
Ikembe
Inaga (trough zither)
Inanga
Iyebe
Kakaki
Kamenjah
Kanun
Kebero
Kelei
Kirar
Kissanje (or Mbira)
Kologo
Kora
Kori
Kraar
Krar
Kudu Horn
Kusunde
Lamellophones
Lekolulo
Lesiba
Likembe
Long Horns
Lute
Lyre
Magavhu
Makeyana
Mandinka
Maninka
Marapo
Maravanne
Marimba
Marovany
Masīnk’o
Matlhowa
Mbira
Mezoued
Mirlitons
Mokhoddon and Masoondhe (High and Heavy drums)
Mouth bow
Muyuwa rattle
Mvet (Harp-Zither)
N’goni
Nasaro
Ngendjo
Ngoma drums
Ngoni
Njingiri
Ogene
Otjipirangi
Oud
Phwitas
Qanun
Rabab
Ramkie
Rattles (Shekere)
Ravanne
Riti
Saasaa
Sabar
Sakara
Sangbei
Sanza
Segbure
Setolo-lolo
Shekere
Sistrum
Taarija
Tabala
Tama
Tambourines
Tambur
Tanbura
Tbal
Thomo
Thoom
Thoom Otieno
Timbila (wooden xylophone)
Tom-tom
Ulimba
Umakhweyana
Valiha
Washint
Wata
Xalam
Xitende
Yikandiso
Yomo Gor
Zeze
Zinli
Zokra
Zurna

Al-Mihbash
Angklung
Arghul
Asatayak
Auu
Babadok
Bansuri
Bivleg
Biwa
Boduberu
Bonang
Bulbul tarang
Buzuq
Calung
Canang
Ch’in
Chang
Changgo Drum
Cheing
Chiwang
Choor
Clappers & Patala
Daegeum
Daf
Damboora
Damru
Darbuka
Daulpaz
Dawula
Dhak
Dhimay
Dholak
Dombra
Dotara
Doumbek
Drangyen
Duf
Dumbrak
Dutar
Dutor
Ekil
Erhu
Esraj
Fui
Gambal
Gambus
Gamelan
Ganun
Gasaba
Gatebera
Gayageum
Gedombak
Geduk
Gendang
Gendang Labek
Gendang Melayu
Ghichak
Gibei
Gong
Gopuz
Gulintangan
Guqin
Guzheng
Gʻijjak
Habbān
Haegum
Harmonium
Hsiao
Huuchir
Iktara
Iraqi Santur
Jirba
Joza
Kanun
Kashgar rubab
Kasir
Kecapi
Kesi
Khaen
Khamak
Khong
Khulkhal
Khuur
Kinnor
Kobyz
Kolintang
Kompang
Komuz
Kong
Konghou
Koto
Kubing
Kudyapi
Kulintang
Kus
Kyey
Kyl kiak
Kyo
Lei
Let Khoke
Lihen
Lim
Lubuw
Lute
Madal
Manjur
Mijwez
Mijwiz
Mirwas
Mizmar
Monochord zither
Mridangam
Murchunga
Nai
Ney
Oud
Phin
Pinai
Pips
Piri
Qanun
Ra Nat
Rababa
Rababeh
Rabana
Rahmani
Ranat Ek
Ranat Ek Lek
Ranat Thum Lek
Rebab
Rebana
Riq
Roneat
Ruan
Rubab
Rubob
Saenap
Saluang
Samhen
Sanshin
Santur
Sarangi
Sarod
Sasando
Saw Duang
Khlui
Serunai
Shakuhachi
Shamisen
Shebbabeh
Shehnai
Shêng
Simsimiyya
Sitar
Skor thom
Sohaegeum
Soor Bahar
Sorna
Srelay
Suona
Sybyzgy
Taanpura
Tabla
Tablah
Taiko
Takhe
Tamboor
Tanbur
Tanbūra
Tanso
Tawak-tawak
Tehyan
Thaye
Tifa
Timur komuz
Tohi
Tompak
Tongali
Tor
Tuiduk
Tula
Ud
Udekki
Utar
Veena
Xiao
Yak-bera
Yangchen
Yangqin
Yarghoul
Yueqin
Zhulzhul
Zirbaghali

Accordion
Agan
Alto saxophone
Antigua Fife
Appalachian dulcimer
Arpa Jarocha
Bagpipe
Baha
Bajo sexto
Banjo
Banza
Bass
Bass Pans
Bells
Benta
Biguine
Bocana
Bongo drums
Boula
Buleador
Bull-roarers
Caramba
Carraca
Chacha
Chak-chak
Chapi
Chirimia
Chouval bwa
Claves
Concertina
Conch
Conga drums
Contrabass
Cowbell
Cowhorn
Cuatro
Dholak
El Sacabuche
Fife
Grater
Guitar
Gwo ka
harmonica
Jaw harp
Jhanj
Kachu
Kadans
Kawai
Lamellophone
Mandolin
Maracas
Marimba
Mejoranera
mouth organ
Ocarina
Pahu
Palitos
Panderetas
Panderos
Pito de Carrizo
Quelbe
Quijongo
Quinto
Raspa
Requinto
Salterio
Shak-shak
Shukster
Squash
Steel Drums
Steel pan
Tambora
Tambores
Tambourine
Tambu
Tanbou Chan
Tassa
Theremin
Tibwa
Trap set
Tres dos
Triangle
Tubular bells
Tumba
Tunkul
Tun Tun
Vaksen
Vihuela
Wiri
Zouk

Alfaia
Andean saxophone
Antara
Arpa Llanera
Atabaque
Bamboo sticks
Bandolin
Berimbau
Bombo
Bongos
Candombe drums
Cavaquinho
Chajchas
charango
Charango
Chiapya box
Claves
Cojon
Conga
Cunuca
Erkencho
Gaita
Ganza
Glass bottle/spoon
Guacharaca
Hualaycho
Huancara
Jawbone
Keyboards
Maracas
Pandeiro
Pinkillu
Pinquillo
Pututu
Quena
Reco reco
Rondador
Ronroco
Sachaguitarra
Skratji
snare drums
Steelpan
Tambora
Tambourine
Tarka
Tiple
Tormento
Toyos
Water drum

Adufe
Aulos
Bagpipe
Balaban
Balalaika
Bandura
Bandurria
Barrel organ
Basolia
Beat gardob
Bedbut
Birbunė
Birch trumpet
Blow pipe
Bock
Bodhran
Bouzouki (šargija)
Bowed lyre
Braguinha
Buben
Bubentsy
Bucium
Buhalo
Buhay
Bukkehorn
Burczybas
Büchel
Carillon
Carillons
Cart Rattle
Castanet
Cavaquinho
Changi
Chemnitzer concertina
Chonguri
Ciftelia
Cigana
Cimbalom
Cimbole
Cimpoi
Clarsach
Cobza
Cornemuse
Croatian bagpipes
Crwth
Daf (frame drum)
Darbuka
Daullja
Derevaynnie Lozhki
Diple
Domra
Drejelire
Drova
Duda
Dudka
Duduk
Dulcimer
Dulcitone
Eearth-harps
English Guitar
Flejguta
Frula
Fujara
Fyelli
Gadulka
Gaida
Gaita Gastorena
Gaita de Foles
Gajda
Garmon (small accordion)
Garmoška
Ghaval
Giga
Goshe nagara (naqareh)
Gudastviri
Gudok
Gue
Guitarra portuguesa
Gunjac
Gusle
Gusli
Hackbrett
Hardanger fiddle
Hexenscheit
Hiiu kannel
Hummel
Hurdy-Gurdy
Härjedalspipa
Hümmelchen
Jouhikko
Kalyuki
Kamancha (skin faced spike fiddle)
Kanklės
Kantele
Kaval
Kithara
Klopotec
Kobza
Kolyosnaya
Koncovka
Korobochka
Krogharpe
Kugikli
Langeleik
Langspil
Larchemi
Laud
Lavta
Ligawka
Lira
Lozhki
Lur
Lyre
Låtfiol
Lż-żaqq
Machete de braga
Machete de rajão
Mandola
Mandolin
Mey
Moraharpa
Muchosa
Nagara (davul)
Naghara duo
Nai
Ney
Ninera
Nordic harp
Näverlapp
Organetto
Oterfløyte
Oud
Palheta
Panduri
Panpipes
Pedal Accordion
Pibcorn
Pibgorn
Pilai
Pipe organ
Pithkiavlin
Pku
Poispil
Psalmodicon
Psalteries
Rubel
Sac de gemecs
Saltarello
Sarronca
Saz (long necked lute)
Scottish tenor drum
Semistrunnaya gitara
Shepherd’s pipe
Shupelka
Sjøfløyte
Sopilka
Spilåpipa
Steirischee Harmonika
Stviri
Suka
Surma
Svirel
Svistulka
Nyckelharpa
Symphonium
Säkkipilli
Tafelklavier
Talerschwingen
Tambori
Tamboril
Tamboutsia
Tambura
Tamburica (long-necked lutes)
Tamburitza
Tanbur
Tapan
Tarabuka
Tarambuke
Tarilka
Tar (skin faced lute)
Tef (tambourine)
Telenka
Timple
Torban
Torupill bagpipe
Trembita
Treshchotka
Träskofiol
Tsymbaly
Tungehorn
Tupan
Tutek (whistle flute)
Tárogató
Uilleann pipes
Vargan
Vessel Flute
Vihuela
Vladimirsky rozhok
Volynka
Waldzither
Willow flute
Zhaleika
Zongora
Zumara (kind of reed instrument)
Zummara
Zurla
Zurna
Zvonchalka
Ütőgardon

Bamboo flutes
Belembaotuyan
Bone kōauau
Bulbul tarang
Bullroarer
Conch shells
Conch trumpets
Dhantal
Didjeridoo
Fala
Gum-leaf
Harmonica
Hue
Ihara
Jaw harp
Karanga weka
Keyboard
Kundu
Lali
Leaf oboes
Nafa
Ngaok
Nose flute
Pate
Pūkāea
Pūtātara
Pūtōrino
Shell trumpets
Slit drums
Split bamboo drum
Talipalau
Taonga pūoro
Vivo (nasal flute)
Wooden Split drums
Ūtete