INSTRUMENTS

 

BANSURI
Bamboo flute from India.
From Sanskrit words ‘Bans’ = bamboo & ‘sur’ = musical note.

 

 

 


NAI (NEY in Turkish)
Middle-Eastern flute made from the reed.
Nai is a Farsi word, meaning ‘reed.’ It’s believed
to be the oldest melodic instrument on earth.


 

 

KALIMBA
African thumb piano, found throughout sub-saharan Africa.
 

 

 


KAMALE NGONI
African harp with 10 strings. A cousin of the Kora,
from Mali and Burkina Faso.


BASS KAMALE NGONI
Lower register African harp, with 10 strings.
 

 

 

BENDIR
North African frame drum with gut snares and goat skin.
 

 

 

DRUM SET
Invented by Ludwig & Co. with the introduction of foot pedals, made famous by jazz drummer Warren 'Baby' Dodds.
 

 

 

HARMONIUM
Portable hand-pumped reed organ,
brought to India by European missionaries.


 

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KHOL
Two-sided clay drum from northeastern India,
traditionally used in devotional music.  
 

 

 

 

 

OUD
Middle-Eastern, pear-shaped, fretless instrument
with 11 strings.  It’s name comes from the
Arabic word ‘oud’ that means ‘wood.’
 

 

 

 

UPRIGHT BASS
From the European Viol family. The bass became part of the rhythm section in Jazz and other music of the Americas by being played with fingers instead of a bow.