Glass Harmonica

An instrument designed by Benjamin Franklin. It has glass bowls nestled sideways on a spindle that is rotated with a pedal. The sound is produced by rubbing wetted fingers on […]

Gigue

French for “jig.”

Gankogui

An African bell made of forged iron and comes in various sizes, it is played by with a wooden stick.

Gamelan

A multi-timbre ensemble consisting of metallophones, xylophones, flutes, gongs, voices, as well as bowed and plucked strings.

Galop

A quick ballroom dance, similar to the polka.

Guitarrón

a large six-stringed, plucked instrument, usually part of a mariachi ensemble

Guitar

A stringed instrument with a long neck and a flat, hollow body. Its strings are plucked or strummed with the fingers.

Guiro 

A Latin American percussion instrument consisting of an open-ended, hollow gourd with parallel notches cut in one side

Gong

A flat, circular metal disc which is hit with a mallet.

Glockenspiel

A percussion instrument with a set of steel bars arranged like the keyboard of a piano. It is played either with two hammers, or with a piano keyboard.