Musical Instrument Glossary F

Fa’atete – Tahitian short drum covered with a tight, single membrane. It is played with two sticks.

Fandromboa – Two pieces of wood struck together. Madagascar.

Fiddle – The term used in traditional American music (bluegrass, country, blues, old time, etc.) for a violin.

bluegrass fiddle

Firikyiwa – Thumb bell. A round hollow iron shell worn on the finger. It is struck by a heavy ring worn on the thumb. Ghana.

Fisarmonica – Fisarmonica means accordion in Italian.

Flauta – Flauta means flute in Spanish.

Flauta de millo – hort flute, with a reed, played horizontally. It is made out of millet or sorghum cane. Colombia.

Flautas de Carrizo – Small flutes made out of bamboo or reed grass. They come with 3, 4 and up to 5 or 6 finger holes. The three hole version is the most common and produces the seven sounds of a major scale. They are used in Mexican traditional dances, in the Nahoa region and other states such as Tabasco, Chiapas and Oaxaca.

Flauta rociera – A three-hole flute used in the El Rocio pilgrimages in southern Spain. Also known as pito rociero. Spain.

Flejguta – Maltese cane whistle flute.

Flojere – Kosovar Albanian end-blown flute.

Flowerpots – Ordinary flowerpots tuned with water and played with the hands or with mallets.

Floyera – Shepherd’s flute. Originally the flutes were made out of a branch or bamboo. More recent versions are made out of metal and plastic. Also spelled flogera, phlogera, and fluera. Greece.

Flute – A wind musical instrument made out of wood, bone, metal or some other materials in the form of a tube with various round holes that are covered by fingers or keys. The instrument is played by blowing a stream of air into the tube through a sharp edge opening.

Fotutu – Conch shells used as horns by the indigenous tribes in pre-colonial Cuba.

Frula (фрула) – A six-hole shepherd’s flute made out of wood. Also known as svirala (свирала) or jedinka. Serbia.

Fue – Fue means flute in Japanese.

Fuelle – Argentine slang for bandoneón.

Fujaras – Photo by O.Elschek

Fujara – Shepherd’s flute, approximately 1.80 meters long (6 feet). The fujara was inscribed in UNESCO’s Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2008. Slovakia.

Fujara bezotworowa – Polish shepherd’s flute without holes.

Fyell – Kosovar Albanian end-blown shepherd’s flute.