10 Amazing Musical Instruments


10. Cymatics: Vibration of small particles like sand, on a plane surface like a metal plate, through the production of different sounds using instruments like drums, harmonium, violin etc, has now given rise to a new musical form called as “Cymatics”. The plate’s frequency of resonation and the timeframe for which a note is played, matters greatly if one wishes to produce a Cymatic sensation. A synthesizer is also used to boost up the volume levels to create different patterns on the plate.
9. Didgeridoo: Mostly popular among Australian aborigines, Didgeridoo is a 40,000 year old musical instrument, which is used to produce music with the help of wind. Manufactured in the olden days, with the trunk of eucalyptus trees and animal limbs, Didgeridoo was mostly used in ceremonies, as a part of singing, dancing and chants.
8. Zeusaphone: A musical instrument which works on the concept of modulated sparks between two solid Thelsa coils is the Zeusaphone. This unique musical instrument is boosted to produce high voltage sparks from a low current, which gives rise to some amazing music. Also, watching these sparks going back and fro and listening to the music it generates in simply incredible.
7. Nyckelharpa: Invented almost 600 years back, this instrument has four versions, the most modern one called as chromatic Nyckelharpa. With 16 strings and 37 wooden keys, which the player has to stimulate with the help of a bow, playing Nyckelharpa truly needs some practice. The sound is to resonating and similar to that of a fiddle.
6. The glass armonica: The Glass Armonica looks beautiful with its 37 different glass bowls arranged on the spindle. A player has to dab his fingertips with water and chalk and use the pedal of the spindle to rotate the glass and touch it, to make the instrument come alive. This musical instrument was originally designed by Benjamin Franklin.
5. Wheelharp: With sixty one keys similar to the Piano, arranged in the shape of a bow, the Wheel harp is definitely no less than a mini orchestra. The instrument looks magnificent and is manufactured in two models namely Linear and Radial model.
4. Hapi drum: Basically a form of metal drum which is slit into specific tongues, Hapi drum is a cute musical instrument used mostly for therapeutic treatments and off course for fun. The 3/4th rectangular shaped tongues when tapped with fingers, produces various pitches of music. The technique of playing this musical instrument varies and quick or slow tapping of fingers on this drum, makes the sound either dynamic or dampened.
3. Kalimbas: Kalimbas, is a very interesting musical instrument of the African origin. It basically is a wooden board fitted with multiple prongs, tuned at different levels. Plucking the ends of the prongs produces sensational music along with a vibration effect. The prongs which were earlier made of bamboo or wood are now designed with the help of metal, to get a higher frequency sound, rather than low pitch sounds.
2. The Serpent: Popular as Serpent due to its shape, this musical instrument was invented in the 16th century. It has a mouthpiece at the top and holes near the bends, which when blown by wind and tapped by fingers generates music. The serpent if elongated would be almost 8 feet long, which is why the shape is different.
1. Hydraulophone: Hydraulaphone consists of porous water tubes which are curved and spurts out water. So, when a person wants to produce different tones of music, the holes should be covered with a finger. Multiple tones can be heard at the same time, which sounds wonderful.


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