Great Musical Stocking Stuffers: Part 1

This would be a great idea for the 12 Days of Christmas too. How about small inexpensive instruments for the music lover or for the future musician in the home.

kazoo

 

 

1. Kazoo: The kazoo is a musical instrument that adds a “buzzing” timbral quality to a player’s voice when the player hums into it.

 

triangle2. Triangle: The triangle is an idiophone type of musical instrument in the percussion family. It is a bar of metal, usually steel but sometimes other metals like beryllium copper, bent into a triangle shape. The instrument is usually held by a loop of some form of thread or wire at the top curve. It was first made around the 16th century.

castanets

3. Castanets: In practice a player usually uses two pairs of castanets. One pair is held in each hand, with the string hooked over the thumb and the castanets resting on the palm with the fingers bent over to support the other side. Each pair will make a sound of a slightly different pitch.

harmonica

4. Harmonica: The harmonica, also French harp, blues harp, and mouth organ, is a free reed wind instrument used worldwide in many musical genres, notably in blues, American folk music, jazz, country, and rock and roll.

egg_shake5. Egg Shake: An egg shaker is a hand percussion instrument, that makes a noise when shaken. Functionally it is similar to a maraca. Typically the outer casing or container is oval or egg-shaped. It is partially full of small, loose objects, such as seeds or beads, which create the percussive sounds as they collide, both with each other and with the inside surface of the container. The egg shaker is a Latin-American instrument, cheap to buy and relatively simple to play.

moracas6. Maracas: Maracas, sometimes called rumba shakers and various other names, are percussion musical instruments—rattles—that originated in Latin America. Players hold them by their handles, usually in pairs, and shake them. Traditional maracas consist of hollow balls made from dried gourd shell (cuia “koo-ya”) or coconut shell filled with seeds or dried beans and mounted on a wooden handle. Modern maraca balls are also made of leather, wood, or plastic.

tambourine7. Tambourine: The tambourine is a musical instrument in the percussion family consisting of a frame, often of wood or plastic, with pairs of small metal jingles, called “zils”. Classically the term tambourine denotes an instrument with a drumhead, though some variants may not have a head at all. Tambourines are often used with regular percussion sets. They can be mounted, but position is largely down to preference.

Tomorrow I will add the rest of the 12 instruments. These are a great idea! Get the kids moving and learning how to recognize the beat of the music with most of these percussion instruments. The kazoo can be loads of fun once it is learned that all you have to do is hum into it. The harmonica is a little more advanced but inexpensive ones can be purchased for a youngster.

 

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