autoharp has many strings and has buttons
that are pushed to create the different
tones as the player strums the strings
with their fingers which gives it a
- The guitar has 6 strings and can be
played by either strumming all the
strings or plucking each string
different looking instrument can be heard
when we play the song "Cripple
Creek". It has Cymbals on top, a
wooden block in the middle, a cow bell,
and a tambourine; all mounted on a stick
(like a broom stick). It is played by
tapping the stick on the floor while
beating the cymbals, wooden block, cow
bells, and tambourine to the beat of the
song being played. It takes a musical genius to
play this thing.
- The harmonica is basically a reed instrument with 10
holes. It is played by blowing air into a hole for a
note, then inhaling air the other way the get the next
higher note; basically giving it 20 notes. Sometimes
though, you have to BEND the note to get the next higher
note such as on hole 2 which has the note E when blowing in,
and G when inhaling (On a key of C harmonica).
Harmonicas are made in different keys but the most common
are C, D, E, G, and A. Since our group plays dulcimers
in the key of D, we use a harmonica in the key of D as well.
- To play the Psaltery, it has a bow
much like that on a fiddle or violin. The Psaltery has
strings on each side of the instrument getting smaller as
the go up the side. The longer strings are a lower
sound and the shorter strings produce a higher sound.
You rub the bow across each string to produce the sounds.
The Psaltery can be played on your lap or on a table.
This type of instrument dates back to 300 BC..
- The Banjo Dulcimer is played much like
a Dulcimer in that you play it on your lap. It has a
banjo type body which gives it that banjo type sound but is
played by chording and strumming like a dulcimer.
- The Mandolin
has 4 sets of strings with 2 strings in each set to give
each sound a harmonized effect. The Mandolin is unique
in that Mandolin players usually do a tremolo effect which
means they play a note very fast by picking the string back
and forth on the one note.
- This instrument has holes for seven
fingers; the lower one or two often doubled to facilitate
the production of semitones and one for the thumb of the
uppermost hand. It gives a high pitch sound much like
that of a tin whistle.
- The bass only has 4 strings and is
played by plucking each string
individually. The bass player keeps the rythm for
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