Cabasa

The ‘cabasa’, just like the ‘shekere’, is a percussion instrument made of steel ball chains looped around a large cylinder. The cylinder sits attached to a long, thin wooden, plastic or metal handle. It is a popular hand percussion instrument,...

Steelpan

The steelpan, a fairly newly developed instrument sticks out for its simplicity. This instrument, produced entirely of industrial refuse, has become a cultural symbol in Trinidad and Tobago. It consists of a gleaming metal surface with a hammered pattern of dents...

Melodica

The melodica, like the pump organ and harmonica, is a free-reed instrument. Performers blow air through a mouthpiece that fits into a hole on the side of the instrument. A musical keyboard lies on top. Pressing a key opens a hole, and enables air to flow through the...

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,...

Metronome

A metronome is a device that generates an audible click or another sound at a predetermined interval. Often they use beats per minute (BPM) as a measure. Musicians use the device to practice playing to a steady beat. Its form and application to musical life took...