accordion

accordion

/əˈkɔɹdiən/
noun
a box-like musical instrument that is held in both hands and is played by squeezing and stretching it while pressing its keys

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agogo

agogo

/æɡˈoʊɡoʊ/
noun
a Latin and African musical instrument consisting of one or multiple bells that are played by hitting them with a wooden piece

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alpenhorn

alpenhorn

/ˈælpənhˌɔːɹn/
noun
a 12-feet-long wooden horn that was originally used by Swiss herdsmen for signaling in the Alps

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autoharp

autoharp

/ˌɔːɾoʊhˈɑːɹp/
noun
a musical instrument resembling a small harp that employs a button-controlled mechanism for selecting chords

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bagpipe

bagpipe

/ˈbæɡˌpaɪp/
noun
a woodwind instrument with a reed and several sticks, played by squeezing a bag and blowing through one of its pipes, originated from Scotland

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balafon

balafon

/bˈælæfən/
noun
a large xylophone that is used in Western African music and uses hollow gourds as resonators

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balalaika

balalaika

/bˌælɐlˈeɪkə/
noun
a stringed musical instrument from Russian origin with a triangular body and three strings

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banjo

banjo

/ˈbænˌdʒoʊ/
noun
a stringed musical instrument with a circular body and a long neck

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barrel organ

barrel organ

/bˈæɹəl ˈɔːɹɡən/
noun
a mechanical musical instrument which produces a particular tune by turning a handle

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bassoon

bassoon

/bəˈsun/
noun
a woodwind instrument of the oboe family consisting of a long wooden tube and a double reed

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bouzouki

bouzouki

/bˈuːzaʊki/
noun
a stringed musical instrument of Greek origin with a long neck and round body

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brass

brass

/ˈbɹæs/
noun
any musical instrument that is made of metal, such as the trombone and the trumpet

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bugle

bugle

/ˈbjuɡəɫ/
noun
a brass instrument resembling a small trumpet, without any valves or keys, used for military calls

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castanets

castanets

/kˈæstɐnˌɛts/
noun
(plural) percussion instruments consisting of a pair of small shells made of wood, ivory or plastic that are fastened to the thumb and clicked together using the fingers

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celesta

celesta

/sɪˈɫɛstə/
noun
a musical instrument with a small keyboard in which hammers hit a row of steel plates, producing a bell-like sound

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cello

cello

/ˈtʃɛɫoʊ/
noun
a large musical instrument of the violin family that is held upright and is played by pulling a bow across its strings

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Celtic harp

Celtic harp

/kˈɛltɪk hˈɑːɹp/
noun
a small harp that is used in Irish or Scottish folk music

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cimbalom

cimbalom

/sˈɪmbæləm/
noun
a large musical instrument with a trapezoidal box or board in which strings are stretched, played by fingers or two small hammers

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cittern

cittern

/sˈɪtɚn/
noun
a stringed instrument that was popular during the Renaissance with a pear-shaped body and a neck that was thicker under the treble strings

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clarinet

clarinet

/ˌkɫɛɹəˈnɛt/
noun
a musical instrument with a mouthpiece and keys, which is played by blowing into it

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clavichord

clavichord

/ˈkɫævəˌkɔɹd/
noun
a Western European keyboard instrument producing soft tones, especially used in the 18th century

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concertina

concertina

/kɑnsɝˈtinə/
noun
a small polygonal instrument that resembles an accordion which is played by pressing keys and pulling and pushing its sides

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conga drum

conga drum

/kənɡˈæ dɹˈʌm/
noun
a single-barreled drum that is tall and narrow and is beaten by hands, from Cuban origin

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cor anglais

cor anglais

/kˈoːɹ ˈæŋɡleɪ/
noun
a woodwind instrument like an oboe that has a lower pitch and larger size

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cornet

cornet

/kɔɹˈnɛt/
noun
a brass instrument like a small trumpet that produces a mellower tone

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cornetto

cornetto

/kɔːɹnˈɛɾoʊ/
noun
an early wind instrument with a cup-shaped mouthpiece, a conical tube and holes that are covered by the fingers

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crotales

crotales

/kɹˈoʊɾeɪlz/
noun
a percussion instrument consisting of small brass or bronze disks, or cymbals, hit with hard mallets each producing a different note

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cymbal

cymbal

/ˈsɪmbəɫ/
noun
a percussion instrument in the form of a round metal plate that is played either by hitting a pair together or hitting one with a drumstick

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descant recorder

descant recorder

/dˈɛskænt ɹɪkˈoːɹdɚ/
noun
a woodwind musical instrument in the most common size that produces a high range of notes

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didgeridoo

didgeridoo

/dˈɪdʒɹɪdˌuː/
noun
an Australian wind instrument consisting of a large bamboo or wooden tube that is played by blowing while using circular breathing technique

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double bass

double bass

/dˈʌbəl bˈeɪs/
noun
the largest member of the violin family in the modern symphony orchestra that produces the lowest pitch

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drum

drum

/ˈdɹəm/
noun
a musical instrument consisting of a hollow, round frame with plastic or skin stretched tightly across one or both ends, played by hitting it with sticks or hands

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drum machine

drum machine

/dɹˈʌm məʃˈiːn/
noun
an electronic musical instrument that stimulates percussion sounds, drum beats and patterns

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drum pad

drum pad

/dɹˈʌm pˈæd/
noun
an electronic musical instrument that simulates the sound of a drum kit when hit by a drumstick

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dulcimer

dulcimer

/ˈdəɫsɪmɝ/
noun
a stringed musical instrument with a trapezoidal board or box that is played by hitting the metal strings with a pair of light hammers

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English horn

English horn

/ˈɪŋɡlɪʃ hˈɔːɹn/
noun
a woodwind instrument like an oboe that has a lower pitch and larger size

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euphonium

euphonium

/juːfˈoʊniəm/
noun
a large brass instrument resembling a small tuba that has 3 or 4 valves and produces a tenor voice

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fiddle

fiddle

/ˈfɪdəɫ/
noun
a bowed string musical instrument that is placed under the chin to be played, usually used in folk music

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fife

fife

/ˈfaɪf/
noun
a small high-pitched flute with six or eight finger holes that is played along with drums in a military band

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flugelhorn

flugelhorn

/flˈuːɡəlhˌɔːɹn/
noun
a brass instrument resembling a small trumpet with a larger bore and a mellower tone

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flute

flute

/ˈfɫut/
noun
a tube-like musical instrument that is played by blowing over a hole while covering and uncovering its other holes

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French horn

French horn

/fɹˈɛntʃ hˈɔːɹn/
noun
a brass instrument with a curl in its tube and a flared bore that is played by valves

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fuzzbox

fuzzbox

/fˈʌzbɑːks/
noun
‌a device that is used to give a distortion to the sound produced by an electric guitar or other instruments

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