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Daily Quiz: What instrument do you hear?

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Test your knowledge of musical instruments based on what they sound like.

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This is the largest and lowest instrument of the string family. The ___ has sloping shoulders, instead of rounded shoulders like the other string instruments. This allows the player to have more room to move his or her arms, hands, and fingers in front of the instrument. Because of its size, the player stands or sits on a high stool to play it.

Source: Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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With a name that means, “the hitting of one body against another,” instruments in the percussion family are played by being struck, shaken, or scraped. In the orchestra, the percussion section provides a variety of rhythms, textures and tone colors. Percussion instruments are classified as tuned or untuned. Tuned instruments play specific pitches or notes, just like the woodwind, brass and string instruments. Untuned instruments produce a sound with an indefinite pitch, like the sound of a hand knocking on a door. The percussion instruments are an international family, with ancestors from the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe, representing musical styles from many different cultures.

The ___, also called kettledrums, were the first drums to be used in the orchestra over 300 years ago. They are constructed of a large copper bowl with a drumhead made of calfskin or plastic stretched across the top. When struck with felt-tipped wooden sticks, or mallets, timpani produce a specific pitch that is determined by the drum’s size. That pitch is fine-tuned by tightening the drumhead with keys and foot pedals. Most orchestras use three or four timpani of varying sizes.

Source: Dallas Symphony Orchestra

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. Alina

    Tried the quiz, was quite nice, succeded pretty well haha

    1. Jocelyn S

      Awesome! Check back daily for more quizzes.

  2. Jocelyn S

    Yeah!! I’ll have to post something harder!!!

  3. Alex Frank

    Is there anything you can’t answer prior to music ??

    1. Jocelyn S

      I struggle with a few things!! I am a lifelong student.

  4. Mfonabasi Ikpeikpe

    Okay I definitely need to develop my instruments’ familiarity abilities. I thought my answers were right but they turned out wrong. ?

    1. Jocelyn S

      I make mistakes all the time!

  5. Boby Ates

    Interesting. I didn’t realize how many instruments there were!

  6. Victoria Smith

    I got this one right!!!

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  13. Winfred

    Good quiz for those interested in music

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