Musical Instruments By Letter

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Tabla

A pair of twin hand drums from the Indian subcontinent.

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of India.

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Taiko

A family of Japanese percussion instruments

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of Japan.

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Tambourine

A percussion instrument consisting of a small wooden hoop with metal disc inserts called jingles. The hoop is covered on one side with a drumhead. It is played by shaking or striking the drumhead with the hand.
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Tambura

A stringed drone instrument played in India

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of India.

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Tar 

An Iranian long-necked, waisted lute family instrument, shared by many cultures and countries

*Usually considered a traditional instrument of the Middle East.

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Theremin

One of the earliest electric instruments, first demonstrated in 1920 by the Russian who invented it: Lev Temen, known in English as Leon Theremin. A Theremin player moves his or her hands around the instrument instead of touching it. The two antennae that stick out of it control pitch and volume by transmitting radio waves.


Timpani

The only drum that can be tuned to produce definite pitches. Timpani is Italian for kettle drum, another name for the instrument because of its 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.
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Triangle

A percussion instrument made of a metal bar bent into the shape of a triangle with one corner open. It is held by a string and struck with a metal rod.
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Trombone

A brass wind instrument with a cup mouthpiece and a long metal tube. A moveable U-shaped slide changes the length of the tube, which changes the pitch of the instrument.
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Trumpet

A brass instrument with a cup-shaped mouthpiece and a metal tube with a bell-shaped end. Three valves can be pressed to change the length of the tube, which changes the pitch of the instrument.
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Tuba

The largest and lowest brass instrument, with a mouthpiece and a big bell-shaped opening to a tube that is wrapped around in an oval. Valves on the tube can be pressed to change the pitch of the instrument.
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