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Parts of musical instruments

bellows

noun

a part of a musical instrument that blows air into the instrument to produce sound

bow

noun

a long thin object that you use for playing instruments such as the violin or cello

bridge

noun

a small wooden part on an instrument such as the violin that holds the strings away from the main part of the instrument

catgut

noun

strong string made from animals’ intestines, used for making the strings of musical instruments

damper

noun

a block of wood covered with cloth, used for making the sound of a piano string less loud

drumstick

noun

a stick used for playing a drum

fret

noun

one of the raised lines across the narrow part of a guitar where you put your fingers to play the different notes

hammer

noun

a part in a piano that hits the strings to make a sound

head

noun

the top of a drum

key

noun

one of the parts that you press on a musical instrument to make it produce sounds

keyboard

noun

the part of a musical instrument such as a piano that has the keys that you touch to make notes

mouthpiece

noun

the part of something such as a musical instrument or a telephone that you put in or near your mouth

mute

noun

an object used for making a musical instrument produce a sound that is softer and less loud

neck

noun

a long narrow part of something such as a bottle or a musical instrument

pedal

noun

a part on some musical instruments that you press with your foot to change or make a sound

peg

noun

a screw used for making the strings on a musical instrument tighter or looser

pick

noun

a plectrum for a guitar

pipe

noun

one of the large tubes on an organ that air passes through to make the sound

plectrum

noun

a small thin piece of plastic or metal used for playing the strings of a guitar or a similar musical instrument

reed

noun

a thin piece of wood, metal, or plastic in the top of a musical instrument such as a clarinet or an oboe. The reed moves and makes a sound when you blow over it.

resonator

noun

the part that makes sounds resonate inside a musical instrument or piece of equipment

soft pedal

noun

a pedal on a piano that the player presses with their foot to make the sound softer

stop

noun

one of the parts on an organ that you push or pull in order to control the level of sound

string

noun

one of several long pieces of nylon, wire, or another substance stretched across a musical instrument, and used for producing sounds

tuning peg

noun

a piece of wood or metal on a musical instrument that you turn to make the strings tighter or looser

valve

noun

the part of some musical instruments that opens and closes to change the sound of the note

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