Oud

The oud is a fretless stringed instrument with a short neck and pear form. Generally, it has 11 strings arranged in 6 courses. But some variants have 5 or 7 courses, with 10 or 13 strings, respectively. Unlike the lute, the oud does not have frets and has a thinner...
Guzheng

Guzheng

The Chinese word (gu) signifies old or ancient, while the term (zheng) refers to a zither which is a sort of instrument with strings strung between two bridges. “Guzheng” refers to a zither having fixed bridges at both ends and moving bridges in the...
Hammered Dulcimer

Hammered Dulcimer

The hammered dulcimer is a stringed percussion instrument with strings stretched over a trapezoidal resonating soundboard. The hammered dulcimer is placed in front of the player, who may sit cross-legged on the floor in more traditional ways or stand or sit at wooden...
Theremin

Theremin

The theremin, also known as the etherphone, thereminophone, or termenvox/thereminvox. It is an electronic musical instrument that is controlled by the thereminist without the need for physical contact (performer). It is named after Leon Theremin, the device’s...

Human Voice – Instruments

The human voice could be considered the earliest musical instrument. Similar to how no two human bodies are the same, no two voices have the same timbre and sound quality. Humans use the vocal tract to produce sounds such as talking, singing, laughing, sobbing,...