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‘Ūd

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The ‘ūd is a short-necked plucked lute. Since the earliest times, it has been the most important instrument in the Arab world. Its use extends down the east coast of Africa, where it is a principal instrument in Somalia, Sudan...

Zither (Alpine Zither)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The Alpine zither is a ‘box-zither’ that evolved from the German scheitholt in regions of the areas that subsequently became south Germany and Austria. The German term ‘Zither1 was applied to this instrument in the eighteenth...

Bagpipes (British Isles)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Introduction Iain Macinnes The bagpipes of the British Isles take several forms, and are used to perform a range of distinctive music. The predominant instrument is the Piòb Mhór, or Great Highland Bagpipe...

Steel Pans (Steel Drums)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...A steel drum or pan is an instrument generally fabricated from an oil or chemical barrel with a capacity of about 55 US gallons (208 liters). The end of the barrel is sunk inward to form a concave shape; individual sections are then grooved...

Accordion

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The accordion is used in popular music genres in all areas of the world. The musical styles of Brazilian forró, Nigerian jújù,, Cajun, zydeco, Tex-Mex conjunto, Dominican merengue, Colombian vallenato, Euro-American polka, Finnish tango...

Automatic Violin

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...During the two thousand and more years of mechanical instruments (with the principal developments having taken place since the end of the seventeenth century), almost every instrument of music has been automated, but of them all the violin...

Brass Band

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...Introduction A brass band is an ensemble in which all or most of the participants play lip-vibrated brass instruments. Performers usually play from written music, but some Asian and South American bands play from memory...

Fife and Drum Band

David Evans

David Evans was born in Cardiff and educated at Cardiff University. He holds a DPhil in American Literature from the University of Oxford. His writing has appeared in the Times Literary Supplement, the Independent on Sunday, FT Weekend and Sight & Sound. This is his first book. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

Encyclopedia Articles

...Fife and drum music is performed by a combination of one or more fifes (a short transverse flute of wood, metal or bamboo usually with six finger holes) and several side (snare) drums and/or kettledrums, sometimes with a bass drum added...

Barrel Piano/Street Barrel Piano

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The barrel piano, which closely followed the barrel organ into the world of automatic music, is a piano played automatically by a pinned barrel or cylinder. The earliest instruments combined a barrel-played repertoire with the capacity...

Electric Bass Guitar

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume II : Performance and Production

Continuum, 2003

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...The sound production of the electric bass guitar, like that of the solid-bodied electric guitar, relies on the vibration of its metal strings in an electromagnetic field, supplied by pickups, with that signal then increased by an electronic...