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Words Related to Music - Parts of Musical Instruments

Here you will learn some English words related to the different parts of musical instruments such as "fret", "bridge", and "resonator".

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Words Related to Music
bellows
[noun]
(plural) a mechanical tool that produces a current of air to blow into a fire or produce a sound in a musical instrument
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bow
[noun]
a long and partially curved, thin rod made out of wood with horsehair strings stretched alongside it, used to play stringed instruments such as the cello and violin
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bridge
[noun]
a small wooden piece on a musical instrument over which the strings are stretched
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catgut
[noun]
a type of durable cord that is obtained from animal intestines used in making musical instruments
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damper
[noun]
a wooden pad that is used to silence a piano string
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drumstick
[noun]
a stick with a round head that is used for playing drums or other percussion instruments
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fret
[noun]
a small metal bar on the neck of a string instrument pressed with fingers to produce a particular note
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hammer
[noun]
a drum beater with a rounded head that is used in playing bass drums, snare drums, etc.
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head
[noun]
the flat top part of a drum
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key
[noun]
a set of notes based on a particular note that form the tonal basis of a musical passage
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keyboard
[noun]
a series of keys on a board or touchscreen that we can press or tap to type on a computer, typewriter, smartphone, etc.
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mouthpiece
[noun]
the part of a musical instrument into which the performer blows air
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mute
[noun]
a tool that is used to soften or silence the sound produced by a musical instrument
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neck
[noun]
the part on a stringed musical instrument that extends from its main body, upon which the fingerboard is found
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pedal
[noun]
a flat bar on a musical instrument such as a piano or an organ that is pushed by the feet to change or control the sound produced
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peg
[noun]
a wooden, metal or plastic screw that is turned to regulate the strings of a musical instrument
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pick
[noun]
a small plastic or metal piece by which a string instrument such as a guitar is played
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pipe
[noun]
any of the large tubes on an organ by which different notes are produced
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plectrum
[noun]
a small flat piece of plastic, wood, etc. that is used in plucking the strings of a musical instrument such as a guitar, harpsichord, etc.
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reed
[noun]
a thin strip of metal or cane, sometimes paired, which resonates when air is blown toward it and produces a sound in a musical instrument
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resonator
[noun]
the hollow part inside a musical instrument or a piece of equipment that resonates a single sound or wave length
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soft pedal
[noun]
a pedal on a piano that is pressed in order to produce a softer tone
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stop
[noun]
the handle of a pipe organ that is pulled or pushed in order to let pressurized air through the pipes, controlling the sound produced
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string
[noun]
a cord of stretched wire, nylon, etc. on a musical instrument that is plucked to produce sound
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tuning peg
[noun]
a wooden, metal or plastic screw that is turned to regulate the strings of a musical instrument
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valve
[noun]
a device for extending the length of the tube in a brass instrument that allows the performer to reach various notes
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fingerboard
[noun]
a narrow flat part on the neck of a string instrument where the fingers press the strings to play various notes
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slide
[noun]
the part of a musical instrument that slides backward or forward to change the sound quality
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soundbox
[noun]
the hollow part of a string instrument such as a guitar or violin that produces a resonance
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headstock
[noun]
the portion at the end of the neck of a stringed musical instrument that houses the tuning pegs or machine heads
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capstan
[noun]
a rotating spindle used to apply tension, often used in musical instruments and other mechanical devices
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upper bout
[noun]
the curved upper section of the body of a stringed musical instrument, such as a violin, viola, or cello, that sits above the instrument's waist and is located between the neck and the upper part of the f-holes
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lower bout
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the lower curved section of the body of a musical instrument, typically a stringed instrument such as a guitar or violin
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sound hole
[noun]
an opening in a stringed instrument's body that enhances its sound
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pickguard
[noun]
a protective plate attached to a stringed instrument to prevent scratches or damage from picking or strumming
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saddle
[noun]
a component of a stringed instrument that supports the strings and helps transmit their vibrations to the instrument's body
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soundboard
[noun]
the wooden surface on a stringed instrument that amplifies the vibrations of the strings to produce sound
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waist
[noun]
the curved middle part of the instrument that forms an hourglass shape, enabling a comfortable grip and playability
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body
[noun]
the main structure of a stringed instrument that houses the sound-producing components and provides support
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pickup
[noun]
a transducer device used to capture the vibrations of a musical instrument's strings and convert them into an electrical signal
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guitar output jack
[noun]
a component on a guitar that allows for the connection of a cable to an amplifier or other audio equipment for amplification or recording purposes
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tone knob
[noun]
a control on an electric guitar or other electronic instrument that allows the player to adjust the tonal characteristics of the instrument's sound, typically by boosting or cutting certain frequencies
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potentiometer
[noun]
a variable resistor that can be used to control the amount of current flowing through a circuit by adjusting the resistance of the potentiometer
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nut
[noun]
a small piece on the headstock of a guitar that supports the strings and maintains proper spacing and height between the strings and the fretboard
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bass bar
[noun]
a structural component inside the body of a string instrument, such as a violin or cello, that helps support the pressure exerted by the strings on the top (soundboard) of the instrument
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peg box
[noun]
the part of a string instrument where the tuning pegs are located
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tailpiece
[noun]
a tailpiece is a component on stringed musical instruments, such as violins, cellos, and guitars, that anchors the strings at the bottom end of the instrument and provides a point of attachment for the strings to the instrument's body
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scroll
[noun]
the decorative, often curved, end of the peg box on certain string instruments, such as violins and cellos
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piano action
[noun]
the mechanical assembly inside a piano that translates the depression of keys into the striking of strings, controlling the hammer's movement and allowing for dynamics and expression in playing
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fallboard
[noun]
the hinged covering that can be raised to access the keyboard of a piano or lowered to protect it when not in use
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lid
[noun]
the removable or hinged cover that protects the soundboard of a piano or other similar instruments
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case
[noun]
the housing or outer shell of a musical instrument, such as a guitar, piano, or keyboard
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tuner
[noun]
a device used to adjust or calibrate musical instruments to ensure accurate pitch and intonation
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