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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