Musical Instruments Beginning With M

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Mandolin

A small, stringed instrument of the lute family. It has a pear shaped body, strings in four pairs and a neck similar to a guitar.

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Maracas

A rattle which appears in many genres of Caribbean and Latin music

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Country of origin: Latin America

Marimba

A percussion instrument that consists of a set of tuned wooden bars arranged like a piano keyboard. A series of hollow tubes beneath the bars allows the sound to resonate. The bars are struck with mallets.

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Mbira

Traditional to the Shona people of Zimbabwe, a mbira is usually made of a wooden board with attached metal tines, and is played with the thumbs.

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Country of origin: Africa

Metallophone

A percussion instrument with a series of metal bars of varying pitch suspended over a resonance box. The instrument is struck with a hammer or mallet.

Mridangam 

A wooden double-headed drum, originally from southern India.

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Country of origin: Indonesia

Musical Bow

A simple string instrument used by a number of South African peoples, that consists of a flexible stick and strung end to end with a taut cord, usually metal. It can be played with the hands or a wooden stick or branch.

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Country of origin: Africa