List of Musical Instruments

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Instrument Sound File History
     
Accordion Click to hear an accordion
Acoustic bass guitar    
Acoustic guitar Click to hear a Acoustic Guitar  
Acoustic bass guitar Click to hear a Acoustic Bass Guitar  
Aeolian harp    
Agung a Tamlang) (Philippine slit drum)    
Agung/ agong (Philippine gong)    
Ahoko (Ivory Coast rattle)    
Ajaeng    
Alboka (Spanish double hornpipe)    
Alphorn Click to hear a Alphorn  
Alpine bell    
Alto clarinet    
Alto flute    
Alto horn    
Alto sarrusophone    
Alto saxophone    
Angklung (tuned bamboo slide rattle) Click to hear an Angklung  
Appalachian dulcimer Click to hear an Appalachian dulcimer  
Archlute   (Spanish archilaúd, Italian arciliuto, German Erzlaute, Russian Архилютня) is a European plucked string instrument developed around 1600)
Arghul (Arabic double pipe) Click to hear an Arghul  
Arpa anottolini (Italian hooked harp)    
Arpeggione (Italian six-string)    
Array Mbira (African thumb piano)    
Aru-ding (Philippine Jew’s harp)    
Aulochrome (double soprano saxophone)    
Babendil (Philippine gong)    
Baglama/ saz (Turkish strings)    
Balafon (xylophone from Ghana)    
Balalaika (Central Asian 2 or 3 stringed guitar) Click to hear an Balalaika  
Bandola (plucked lute from Cuba, Chile and Peru)    
Bandoneón (Argentinian concertina)    
Bandurria (Spanish/ Latin American plucked lute)    
Banhu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Banjo Click to hear a Banjo  
Barbat (Iranian plucked lute)    
Baritone horn    
Baritone sarrusophone    
Baritone saxophone    
Baroque Wooden Flute    
Baryton (German Euphonium)    
Bass Clarinet    
Bass Drum    
Bass flute    
Bass guitar Click to hear a Bass Guitar  
Bass sarrusophone    
Bass saxophone    
Bass/ baritone oboe    
Basse a Pistons (French Euphonium)    
Basse Cor    
Basset clarinet    
Basset horn    
Bassoon Click to hear a Bassoon  
Bawu (Chinese wind instrument)    
Bayan (Russian Accordian)    
Bazooka    
Bell    
Berimbao (Brazilian musical bow)    
Bianqing (Chinese stone chimes)    
Bianzhong (Chinese bells)    
Bifora (Sicillian oboe)    
Biniou (French bagpipe)    
Biwa (Japanese short-necked lute)    
Bock (German bagpipes)    
Bodega (French bagpipe)    
Bodhrán (Irish drum)    
Boha (French bagpipe)    
Bombarde    
Bombardino (Spanish Euphonium)    
Bongo drum    
Border pipe/ lowland bagpipe    
Bordonua (Puerto Rican bass guitar)    
Bouzouki (Greek lute)    
Brian Boru bagpipes    
Bullroarer    
Button accordian    
Cabrette (French bagpipe)    
Calliope (steam organ)    
Carillon (Dutch harmonising bells)    
Carillon (Dutch harmonising bells)    
Castanets    
Cavaco (Spanish guitar)    
Cavaquinho (Portuguese guitar)    
Caxixi (Brazilian idiophone)    
Celesta (idiophone) invented 1886 in Paris by Auguste Mustel. Click to hear a Celesta  
Cello Click to hear a Cello  
Ceng (Turkish harp)    
Chabrette (French bagpipe)    
Chapman stick (fretboard)    
Charango (South American fretted lute)    
Chenda (Indian drum)    
Chi (Chinese Transverse Flute)    
Chimes    
Ching (Cambodian/ Thai finger cymbals)    
Chitaronne (lower-toned lute)    
Chitarra battebte (Italian guitar)    
Chromatic accordian    
Cigar box guitar    
Cimbalom (Eastern European hammered dulcimer)    
Cimbasso    
Cimpoi (Romanian bagpipe)    
Cittern (Renaissance lute)    
Clapped hands    
Clarinet Click to hear a Bb Clarinet  
Clarinette d’amour    
Classical guitar    
Clavicembelo (Italian pianoforte)    
Clavichord    
Clavichord (European stringed keyboard)    
Concertina    
conch    
Conga (Caribbean drum)    
Contra-alto clarinet    
Contra-alto flute    
Contrabass á anche    
Contrabass clarinet    
Contrabass flute    
Contrabass oboe    
Contrabass Sarrusophone    
Contrabass saxophone    
Contrabassoon    
Cornet/ Cornett/ Cornetto/ Zink    
Cornish bagpipes    
Cowbell    
Croatian bagpipes    
Cromorne    
Crotales (Struck cymbals)    
Crumhorn    
Crwth (Welsh stringed instrument)    
Cuatro (Latin American lute)    
Cuíca (Brazilian drum)    
Cymbals – crash, hi-hat, ride, splash, tom-toms, zil Click to hear a Cymbals  
Cymbalum (Western European hammered dulcimer)    
Da’uli da’uli (Indonesian xylophone)    
Dabakan (Philippine drum)    
Dadihu (contrabass erhu)    
Dahu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Daiko (Japanese drum)    
Dankiyo (Turkish bagpipe)    
Daraboukka (Syrian drum)    
Darabukka (Arabic drum)    
Darbuka (Greek drum)    
Darvyra (Greek Duct Flute)    
Denis d’or (ancient Czech chordophone)    
Dhol (Iranian drum)    
Dholak (North Indian hand drum)    
Didgeridoo (Aboriginal Natural Trumpet)    
Dihu (Chinese large bowed stringed instrument)    
Diyingehu (contrabass gehu)    
Djembe (West African hand drum)    
Doedelzak (Dutch bagpipe)    
Dombak (Iranian drum)    
Domra (Russian mandolin)    
Dotara (bass ektara)    
Double Bass Click to hear a Double Bass  
Double contrabass flute    
Doulophone/ cuprophone    
Drum machine    
Dubreq stylophone    
Duct Flute    
Dudelsack (German bagpipe)    
Dudy (Czech bagpipes)    
Duff (Islamic tambourine)    
Dulcian (pre-1700’s Western European Bassoon)    
Dulcimer (hammered zither)    
Dulzaina (Spanish oboe)    
Dumbelek (Turkish drum)    
Dun dun (West African large talking drum)    
Dutar (Central Asian lute)    
Duxianqin (Chinese one-stringed zither)    
Ektara (Indian one-string)    
Electric guitar Click to hear a Electric Guitar  
Electric organ Click to hear a Electric Organ  
Electric piano    
Electronic:    
English Horn/ Cor Anglais (French tenor Oboe)    
Erhu (Chinese violin)    
Erxian (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Euphonium Click to hear a Euphonium  
Fangxiang (Chinese metallophone)    
Fiddle    
Finger Cymbals    
Fingerboard synthesizer    
Fiscarmonica (Italian Accordian)    
Flageolets    
Flugelhorn    
Flute Click to hear a Flute  
Folgerphone    
French Horn    
Gaida (Southern Balkan bagpipes)    
Gaita (Portuguese & Spanish bagpipe)    
Gajdy (Eastern European bagpipes)    
Gambang (Indonesian xylophone)    
Gan gan (West African small talking drum)    
Gandingan (Philippine set of 4 hanging gongs)    
Gandingan a kayo (Philippine xylophone)    
Ganza (Brazilian rattle)    
Gaohu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Gayageum (Korean zither)    
Gehu (Chinese cello-like)    
Gender (Indonesian brass xylophone)    
Geomungo/ komungo (Korean zither)    
Ghatam (Indian drum)    
Glass marimba    
Glasschord (crystallophone)    
Glockenspiel Click to hear a Glockenspiel  
Gong Click to hear a Gong  
Gottuvadhyam (Indian 21-stringed guitar)    
Great Highland bagpipe    
Great Irish warpipes    
Guan (Chinese pipe)    
Gugin (Chinese bridgeless zither)    
Guiro (South & Central American notched gourd that is scraped)    
Guitar    
Guitar 12 Strings Click to hear a Guitar 12 Strings  
Guitarrón (Mexican large bass guitar)    
Guqin (Chinese plucked zither)    
Gusle/ gusla (Balkan guitar)    
Gusli (Russian harp)    
Guzheng (Chinese zither)    
Hammered dulcimer    
Handbells    
Hang (steel hand drum)    
Hardanger fiddle    
Harmonica/ Mouth Organ    
Harmonium/ reed organ    
Harp Click to hear a Harp  
Harp guitar    
Harpsichord Click to hear a Harpsichord  
Heckelphone    
Hegelong (Philippine fretted boat-lute)    
Hélicon    
Hichiriki (Japanese Oboe)    
Hocchiku (Japanese flute)    
Hooked harp    
Horagai (Japanese conch)    
Horn    
Hosho (Zimbabwean rattle)    
Hsaio (Chinese Duct Flute)    
Huemmelchen (German smallpipes)    
Huluhu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Hun (Korean flute)    
Hunting Horn Click to hear a Hunting Horn  
Huqin (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Hurdy Gurdy Click to hear a Hurdy Gurdy  
Igil (Tuvan bowed instrument)    
Inci (Philippine flute)    
Ipu (Hawaiian rattle)    
Irish bouzouki    
Irish Uilleann (Indoor bagpipe)    
Istarski mih (Croatian bagpipe)    
Janggu (Korean drum)    
Japanese Bamboo Flute/ Shakuhachi Click to hear a Japanese Bamboo Flute  
Jew’s harp Click to hear a Jew’s harp  
Jew’s harp (plucked idiophone)    
Jiaohu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Jinghu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Jug    
Kadlong (Philippine fretted boat-lute)    
Kagul (Philippine slit drum)    
Kangling (Tibetan serunai)    
Kaval (Slovakian Duct Flute)    
Kèn b?u (Vietnamese reed)    
Kettle drum/ Timpani    
Keyed Bugle    
Keyed Trumpet    
Khene (Northeast Thailand mouth organ)    
Khim (Cambodian/ Thai hammered dulcimer)    
Khloy (Cambodian flute)    
Khol (South Indian drum)    
Kissar (West African lyre)    
Knatele (Finnish zither)    
Kokyu (Japanese bowed instrument)    
Komungo (Korean zither)    
Kora (West African 21-string harp-lute)    
Koto (Japanese zither)    
Koudi (Chinese flute)    
Koziol (Polish bagpipe)    
Kubing (Philippine Jew’s harp)    
Kulintang a kayo (Philippine xylophone)    
Kulintang a putao/ kulintang a tiniok (Philippine metallophone)    
Kulintang/ kolintang (Philippine gong group)    
Kutiyapi (Philippine fretted boat-lute)    
Kwa-yen (Chinese hanging drum)    
Kwintangen kayo/ luntang (Philippine xylophone)    
Lambeg (Irish drum)    
Lancashire great-pipe    
Langeleik (Norwegian stringed instrument)    
Laruan (Chinese stringed instrument)    
Lasso d’amore    
Launeddas (Sardinian triple clarinet)    
Leier (German hurdy gurdy)    
Leiqin (Chinese bowed instrument)    
Lirone    
Lithophone (stone barred xylophone)    
Lusheng (Chinese bamboo pipes)    
Lute Click to hear a Lute  
Lyre    
Magyar duda (Hungarian bagpipes)    
Maguhu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Malimba (xylophone from the Congo)    
Mando-bass (bass mandolin)    
Mandocello (large mandolin)    
Mandola (US/ Canadian fretted stringed instrument)    
Mandolin    
Mangtong (Chinese bamboo pipes)    
Maraca    
Marimba Click to hear a Marimba  
Marimbao (Brazilian stringed instrument)    
Marinbaphone    
Mbira/ Sanza/ Thumb Piano (African stringed instrument)    
Mellophone    
Mellotron (polyphonic keyboard)    
Melodeon    
Melodica    
Metallophones (metal barred xylophone)    
Mijwiz (Arabic double pipe)    
Mittlealtersackpfeife (German medieval bagpipe)    
Mizwad (Arabic bagpipe)    
Mohan veena (Indian guitar)    
Moodswinger (zither)    
Māorin khuur/ morin huur (Mongolian fiddle)    
Mridangam (South Indian drum)    
Muchosac (Belgian bagpipe)    
Musette bressane (French bagpipe)    
Musette de cour (French bagpipe)    
Musette du centre (French bagpipe)    
Musical bow    
Musical Saw (wood cutting saw)    
Nadaswaram (Indian wind instrument)    
Naqara (Mongolian war drum)    
Natural Trumpet    
Nay (Syrian wooden flute)    
Ney (Lebanese Flute)    
Northumbrian smallpipes    
Nose flute    
Nyckelharpa (Swedish key harp)    
Oboe Click to hear a Oboe  
Oboe d’amore    
Oboe da caccia    
Ocarina Click to hear a Ocarina  
Octaban (cylinder drum)    
Octapad (electronic drumpad)    
Octave mandolin    
Octavin    
Octocontra-alto clarinet    
Octocontrabass clarinet    
Oliphant/ Cor d’Oliphant    
Ondes martenot (electronic keyboard and slide)    
Ophicleide    
Organ - electric    
Organ pipe Click to hear a Pipe Organ Organ History
Overtone guitar    
Paixiao (Chinese flute)    
Palendang (Philippine flute)    
Pan pipes    
Pastoral pipes    
Piano Click to hear a piano Piano History
Piccolo    
Piccolo clarinet    
Piccolo heckelphone    
Piccolo oboe    
Pipa (Chinese lute)    
Pipe organ    
Piva (Northern Italian bagpipe)    
Psaltery (plucked zither)    
Pulalu (Philippine flute)    
Qanun (Turkish zither)    
Quena (Andean flute)    
Quinticlave (Ophicleide)    
Racket    
Rainstick    
Raita (Moroccan serunai)    
Rajao (Portuguese guitar)    
Ranat ek elk (Thai metallophone)    
Ranat thum lek (Thai metallophone)    
Ratchet Click to hear a Ratchet  
Rattle    
Rebab (Arabic bowed stringed instrument)    
Rebec (15th/ 16th century rebab)    
Recorder (Descant) Click to hear a Recorder (Descant)  
Reed contrabass    
Reed Pipe    
Riq/ riqq/ rik (Arabic tambourine)    
Roman tuba    
Ruan (Chinese plucked stringed instrument)    
Rudra veena (Indian plucked stringed instrument)    
Ryuteki (Japanese flute)    
Sabar (Senegalese drum)    
Sac de gemecs (Catalonian bagpipe)    
Sackbutt (trombone family’s ancestor)    
Säckpipa (Swedish bagpipe)    
Saenghwang (Korean mouth organ)    
Sallaneh (Iranian plucked stringed instrument)    
Sampho (Cambodian barrel drum)    
Sampler    
Sang-auk (Burmese harp)    
Santur (North Indian hammered zither)    
Sanxian (Chinese lute)    
Saraswati veena (South Indian lute)    
Sarrusophone    
Sarunay/ saronay/ sarunai/ saronai (Philippine metallophone)    
Saung (Burmese harp)    
Saw ou (Thai bowed stringed instrument)    
Saw sam sai (Thai bowed stringed instrument)    
Saxhorn    
Saxonette    
Saxophone    
Schweizer sackpfeife (Swiss bagpipe)    
Scottish smallpipes    
Se (Chinese zither)    
Serpent    
Serunai (Islamic reed instrument)    
Setar (Iranian lute)    
Shamisen (Japanese 3-stringed instrument)    
Shawm (Renaissance oboe)    
Shekere (African rattle)    
Sheng (Chinese mouth organ)    
Shinobue (Japanese flute)    
Shofar (Jewish horn)    
Sihu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Singing bowl/ rin gong (Himalayan standing bell)    
Siren    
Sitar (South Asian lute) Click to hear a Sitar  
Sleigh Bells Click to hear a Sleigh Bells  
Slide guitar    
Slide whistle    
Slit drum    
Snare Drum Click to hear a snare drum  
Sopranino clarinet    
Sopranino saxophone    
Soprano clarinet    
Soprano mandolin    
Soprano saxophone    
soprillo    
Sorna (Afghan serunai)    
Sousaphone    
Spoons    
Sralai (Cambodian reed)    
Steel drum    
Steel guitar    
Subcontrabass flute    
Subcontrabass saxophone    
Suling (Indonsian/Philippine flute)    
Suona (Chinese serunai)    
Synclavier    
Synthesizer    
Tabla (Indian/ Pakistani drum)    
Tagutok (Philippine slit drum)    
Taiko (Japanese drum)    
Talking drum    
Tambour (French drum)    
Tambourine    
Tamburitza (Croatian/ Serbian mandolin)    
Tan-tan (Brazilian hand drum)    
Taphon (Thai drum)    
Tar (Persian lute)    
Tárogató (Hungarian shawm)    
Tea chest bass (skiffle bass)    
Tenor horn    
Tenor mandola (European/ UK fretted stringed instrument)    
Tenor sarrusophone    
Tenor saxophone Click to hear a Tenor Sax  
Tenoroon (tenor bassoon)    
Teponaztli (Mexican wooden drum)    
Thavil (Indian drum)    
Theorbo (lower-toned lute)    
Theremin (oscillator)    
Timpani/ kettle drum    
Timple (Canary Islands/ Murcia ukulele)    
Tin whistle    
Tjelempung/ Celempung (Javanese zither)    
Tom-tom    
Tonette (plastic recorder)    
Torupill (Estonian bagpipe)    
Transverse Flute (Traditional Flute)    
Trekspill (Norwegian Accordian)    
Tres (Cuban chordophone)    
Triangle Click to hear a Triangle  
Tro u (Cambodian bowed stringed instrument)    
Tromba marina (European stringed instrument)    
Trombone Click to hear a Trombone  
Tromboon/ babone    
Trompeta china (Cuban suona)    
Trumpet    
Trumpet Bb Click to hear a Bb Trumpet  
Tsampouna (Greek bagpipe)    
Tsuri-daiko (Japanese hanging drum)    
Tuba Click to hear a Tuba  
Tubular Bells    
Tuhu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Tulum (Turkish bagpipe)    
Tumpong (Philippine flute)    
Turntables    
Ud/ oud (Arabic and Islamic lute)    
Udu (African clay drum)    
Ukulele (Hawaiian guitar)    
Valiha (Indonesian and Madagascan zither)    
Vertical flute    
Vertical viola    
Veuze (French bagpipe)    
Vibraphone/ vibraharp Click to hear a Vibraphone/ vibraharp  
Vichitra veena (Indian stringed instrument)    
Vielle (French hurdy gurdy)    
Vihuela (Spanish 2-string guitar)    
Viola Click to hear a Viola  
Viola d’amore    
Viola da gamba    
Viola organista    
Violin Click to hear a Violin  
Violotta    
Vladimirsky Rozhok    
Volinka (Russian bagpipes)    
Wagner Tuba    
Washboard    
Washint (Ethiopian flute)    
Washtub bass    
Welsh pipes    
Whip Click to hear a Whip  
Whistle Click to hear a Whistle  
Willow flute    
Wind Chimes    
Xalam/ khalam (West African Banjo-like instrument)    
Xiao (Chinese flute)    
Xiaodihu (tenor erhu)    
Xun (Chinese flute)    
Xylophone Click to hear a Xylophones  
Xylorimba (extended range xylophone)    
Yang chi’in (Chinese zither)    
Yang Chin (Chinese hammered dulcimer)    
Yayli tanbur (Turkish lute)    
Yazheng (Chinese zither)    
Yehu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Yu (Chinese bamboo pipes)    
Yueh Ch’in (Chinese lute)    
Yun Lo (Chinese gong)    
Zampogna (Italian bagpipe)    
Zaqq (Maltese bagpipe)    
Zhongdihu (bass erhu)    
Zhuihu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Zither Click to hear a Zither  
Zonghu (Chinese bowed stringed instrument)    
Zufalo (Italian flute)    
Zurna (Turkish serunai)    
 
 
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