The harp mandolin appeared in the early 1900s. This modern replica exploits the sympathetic vibrations gained with the four additional harp strings to give the mandolin sound a built-in echo chamber reverb effect. The harp strings can be plucked along with the mandolin, extending the range of the instrument. Tuned diatonically starting below the G […]
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A Musical Interface of Light and Sound
The Tenori-On is a musical interface of light and sound. In testing an interface based on the tactility and lighting of a 16×16 grid of switches, Yamaha Designers sought to make playing a musical instrument an enjoyable experience for all. The 256 switches that make up the Interface are not reserved solely to output sound, […]
JDR Kalimba Thumb Piano
This 17-key kalimba thumb piano is made from handcrafted mahogany and ore steel bars. The keys are engraved with letters and notes, and the instrument comes with a professional kalimba study manual and video tutorial. Suitable for adult beginners, kids, and professionals. Also includes an EVA case and cloth bag, and tuning hammer.
The Harp: A Global Story of Music, Man, and Medicine
In simplest terms, the harp is a plucked string instrument where the plane of the strings is perpendicular to the soundboard.
Songbird Seedpod Ocarina in Alto C
This seedpod ocarina in alto C ranges an octave and a third from C5 to E6. This is Songbird’s most popular sized ocarina, and its lightweight design makes it easy to take on the go.
Western Contemporary Music: A Musical Melting Pot
It is difficult to pinpoint the exact time when instruments from other cultures were first used in Western contemporary music. It is better thought of as a period, rather than an exact moment.
Dulcet Tones: The Hammered and Mountain Dulcimer
Aside from their last names, the mountain dulcimer and hammered dulcimer share only a few traits. They’re both a type of zither—an instrument with strings that extend only to the ends of the soundboard—and they’re both folk instruments not often heard in modern popular music.
The Harp: How Does it Work?
The harp is a seemingly mysterious instrument to many people, so let’s take a look at how this unique instrument actually works.
How to Choose the Best Ocarina for You
The name ocarina, meaning “little goose,” was coined in the late 19th century by Italian musician and baker Guiseppi Donati who modified the instrument to play a diatonic scale and popularized it in the west
The Accordion: More Than Your Mama’s Squeeze Box
An accordion is a free reed aerophone instrument with bellows, but there are actually many different instruments within the accordion family, with diverse sounds for various playing styles and genres of music.