Types of Musical Instruments

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    What Are the Primary Types of Musical Instruments?

    Sound is, at its most basic level, a vibration through a gas, a solid or a liquid. Using a system known as the Hornbostel-Sachs classification of musical instruments, all of the different musical instruments in existence can be classified under one of five different headings depending on how they cause a state of matter to vibrate.

    How to Make Traditional Bamboo Panpipes

    Panpipes can be made of almost any material that is easy to hollow out, or is naturally tubed shape -- including PVC or soda straws. Bamboo, thanks to its pithy center, is a natural choice for making panpipes. The bamboo needs to be fully mature and seasoned before cutting it into lengths for the pipes. The lengths are cut from in between the joints, then coated with wax to seal one end and protect the bamboo from moisture.

    What Makes a Tuning Fork of a Certain Frequency Resonate?

    Tuning forks, used to tune musical instruments have two long arms connected to a stem; the vibration of the arms (or "tines") produces a particular pitch defined by the frequency of the sound it produces. In John Shore's original tuning fork, invented in 1711, the note A vibrated at 423.5 Hz, but modern A tuning forks vibrate at 440 Hz.

    Musical Instruments of the Filipino Muslims

    Muslims make up 5 percent of the population of the Philippines. Although there is no racial difference between Muslims and other Filipinos, the group has a unique culture and set of traditions. Filipino Muslims play distinctive musical instruments for entertainment, but ritual religious songs are sung without accompaniment.

    Kinds of Stringed Instruments

    Several kinds of string instruments exist that use the same basic mechanism to create sound. A stringed instrument can be any manner of instrument that uses a bow, plectrum or finger to create sound. The piano, while consisting of strings, does not qualify as a stringed instrument since the hammers initiate the sound. To qualify as a stringed instrument, the string must be directly acted upon and provide the sole impetus for creating vibrations and sound.