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Musical Instruments Beginning With D

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Da-daiko

A double-headed cylindrical drum of Japan.

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Country of origin: Japan

Darbuka 

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

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Country of origin: the Middle East

Didgeridoo

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

Country of origin: Australia

Djembe

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

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Country of origin: Africa

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.

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Country of origin: Africa