Musical Instruments By Letter

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Da-daiko

A double-headed cylindrical drum of Japan.

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Japan.

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Darbuka 

A single-head drum with a goblet shaped body used mostly in the Middle East and Northern Africa

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of the Middle East.

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Didgeridoo

A long bamboo or wooden tube, played like a trumpet by Australian aborigines.

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Australia.


Djembe

A rope-tuned skin-covered goblet drum played with bare hands, originally from West Africa.

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Africa.

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Double Bass

The largest and lowest-pitched instrument in the string family. The double bass rests on the floor on a metal peg; double bass players often stand when they perform.
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Drum

A percussion instrument consisting of a hollow cylinder with a skin stretched tightly over one or both ends. The skin is hit with the hands or drumsticks.
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Dulcimer

An early stringed instrument whose strings are stretched across a wooden sound box and hit with small hammers.
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Dùndún

An hourglass-shaped drum from West Africa, whose pitch can be regulated to mimic the tone and prosody of human speech. It has two drumheads connected by leather tension cords, which allow the player to change the pitch of the drum by squeezing the cords between their arm and body.

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Africa.

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Instruments Whose Names Start With D