Instruments

Introducing some of the musical instruments . . .

"One good thing about music: when it hits you, you feel no pain."

Bob Marley



tambourine · shake, tap, jingle, roll

easy to play, pass it around, have fun


frog guiros · scrape, tap

three sizes of frog for different sounds


glockenspiel · tinkle, ring

play high notes that ring out like bells


maracas · shake

shake them in time to the rhythm


bongos · tap, beat, high, low

play with fingers, thumbs, hands


cabasa · roll, shake, tap

feel the beads, turn in your hand or shake


castanets · click, tap

click between fingers


claves · click, tap

play together, short high-pitched sound


accordion · press, squeeze, push, pull

play tunes on one hand, chords on the other, with bellows between to make the sound


agogo/guiro · tap, scrape, high, low

combining two instruments in one, play high or low, long or short


djembe · beat, hit, tap

play with fingers and palms, make lively rhythms


darbuka · beat, hit, tap

like a small aluminium djembe: play with fingers


jingles · shake, tap, wave

jingle and shake


cowbell · tap, ring


singing bowl · tap, touch, sing

play the bowl like a bell to feel and hear the vibration


snare · hit, beat

play the drum with sticks or brushes


tambour · tap, beat

beat a rhythm on the hand drum


whistles · blow, flutter

sound like a bird on the whistles


guitar, uke, mandolin · strum, pluck

chords and melodies on stringed instruments. . .


bass guitar · pluck

play low notes underneath everything else


shakers · move, shake

shake in time to the rhythm. . .