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10 fun folk instruments I've come across in my listening

I love folk music from around the world. While I'm not especially musically-inclined, I do like learning about instruments from different cultures and finding commonalities between cultures. Here's a list of some especially intriguing instruments I've discovered through playlists and lots of listening.

    1. Kashaka

    The kashaka can provide beats and rhythm for a whole song.

    2. Been/Pangi

    The preferred musical instrument of snake charmers. It makes such a unique warbling sound.

    3. Banjo

    My favorite stringed instrument, because of its special twang.

    4. Washboard

    I discovered the washboard while listening to a lot of zydeco music. It's decidedly upbeat.

    5. Glockenspiel

    I first came across a glockenspiel in music class when I was little, and ever since I've been enchanted by its magical twinkling.

    6. Pan pipes

    Pan pipes are found across many cultures, each with its own version.

    7. Harmonium

    I'm familiar with the harmonium because of old songs my dad listens to, but it has the same jolly and lilting quality as the accordion.

    8. Djembe

    The djembe has a long and rich history, with deep connections to spirituality.

    9. Didgeridoo

    The didgeridoo sounds like something other-worldly. I find it entrancing.

    10. Bagpipes

    I wouldn't even know how to classify bagpipes because they're so unlike any other instruments I know.

    11. BONUS: Throat Singing

    So the voice isn't technically an instrument, but throat singing impresses me to no end. It's utterly fascinating to watch and listen to.

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