Musical Instrument Glossary Y

Yanggum – Hammered dulcimer. Korea.

Yaogu – Temple or flower drum. China.

Yaraki – One of the aboriginal names for the didjeridu. Australia.

Yataga – A zither constructed as a box with a convex surface and an end bent towards the ground. Also known as yatga. Yataga belongs to the family of Far Eastern zithers. Similar instruments with movable bridges can be found in Japan, Korea, China, and Vietnam. The strings are plucked and the sound is very smooth. Yataga is constructed as a box with a convex surface and an end bent towards the ground. In the times of old it was regarded as an instrument of the court of the Khans and Buddhist rituals rather than a village folklore instrument. Mongolia.

Yidaki – One of the aboriginal names for the didjeridu. Australia.

Yoik – Sami form of unaccompanied solo singing. Sweden and Norway.

Yotsutake – Bamboo castanets. Japan.

Yueqin– Moon-shaped lute, also known as sixian, moon lute, Chinese lute, moon guitar, or moon violin.

yueqin by Dunhuang
yueqin by Dunhuang

Yuka – Long vertical cylindrical drums of Congolese origin. Cuba.

Yun-lo – As set of ten small tuned gongs of different pitches suspended in a wooden frame. Also known as cloud gong. China.

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