Musical Instruments By Letter

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Kakko

A Japanese double-headed drum.

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Japan.

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Kendang

A two-headed drum used by peoples from Maritime Southeast Asia.

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Indonesia.

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Kettle Drum

The only drum that can be tuned to produce definite pitches. Its name comes from the large kettle-shaped bottom, over which the skin of the drumhead is stretched. The player uses a pedal to tighten and loosen the drumhead to change the pitch. Also called timpani.
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Kora

A string instrument used extensively in West Africa, a kora typically has 21-strings which are played by plucking with the fingers, and combines features of the lute and a harp.

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Africa.

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Koto

A Japanese plucked half-tube zither and the national instrument of Japan.

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Japan.

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Instruments Whose Names Start With K