Musical Instrument Glossary Q

Qarish

Central Asian flute.

Qsiba

Small reed flute. Morocco.

Qengkari

Small hand-gong used in traditional Korean music and dance.

Qin

A plucked zither also known as guqin. China.

Quena

End blown vertical flute originating in the Andean region of South America. Crafted from bone, bamboo or various woods.

Quena
Quena

Quenacho

A larger version of the Andean quena.

Quenira

Medieval Andalusian zither related to the qanun. Spain.

Quijada de burro

The dried jawbone of a dead donkey used as a rattle or scraper used across Spanish-speaking America. It’s sometimes ornamented with bells in Peru. Also known as quijada and charrasca.

Quinto

Quinto means fifth in Spanish. It’s a barrel drum, played vertically. The quinto is the smallest and highest pitched of the tumbadora (conga) drums. Cuba.

Quiribillos

Clapper made out of 15 cane tubes. Colombia.

Quitiplás

Percussion instrument made from bamboo. Bamboo tubes of various lengths are struck against the ground crating a unique sound that in Spanish sounds like Qui-ti-plá (kee-tee-plah). Venezuela.

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