Musical Instruments Vocabulary

This musical instruments vocabulary includes many popular instruments. Read more about these instruments after watching the video and reviewing the vocabulary in pictures.

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Musical instruments vocabulary in pictures




grand piano



drum set

bongo drums

conga drums



French horn







electric guitar



double bass

Some notes about musical instruments

Music is an important part of most cultures and there are many different types of musical instruments. Some are made of very simple materials and others are carefully crafted by hand using special materials.

Instruments can be organized into various categories:

  • wind instrument: is played by blowing air through it. (e.g., tuba, trumpet, clarinet).
  • string instrument / stringed instrument: makes sound when its strings are touched or struck. (e.g., violin, viola, banjo, guitar).
  • electronic instrument: creates sounds by outputting an electrical audio signal. (e.g., keyboards and synthesizers).
  • keyboard instrument: is a musical instrument played using a keyboard. (e.g., piano).
  • percussion instruments are played by hitting or shaking the instrument. (e.g., drums, bongo drums or xylophones)

Your turn:  Using this vocabulary

Now it's your turn to use this musical instruments vocabulary to practice these new words

A few questions for you (but write about whatever you want):

  • Do you play a musical instrument or instruments?
  • What is your favorite musical instrument?
  • What instruments are popular in your country?
  • Do you go to concerts or musical performances?
  • Who are some of your favorite musicians?

I'm looking forward to reading your comments!

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