Pick a Picture - Musical Instruments

Can you pick the correct musical instruments from the pictures?
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Last updated: April 12, 2021
First submittedMarch 23, 2021
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1. Which of these is a cello?
The violin, cello, and double bass are members of the orchestral string family.
2. Which of these is a clarinet?
The clarinet, oboe, and saxophone are woodwind instruments. The saxophone is closely related to the clarinet.
3. Which of these is a trombone?
The trumpet, trombone, and French horn are all members of the orchestral brass family.
4. Which of these is an accordion?
The harmonica, melodica, and accordion are free reed aerophones that produce sound as air flows past vibrating reeds in a frame.
5. Which of these is a steelpan?
The steelpan (steel drum), hang and timpani (kettle drum) are pitched percussion instruments.
6. Which of these is a balalaika?
The American banjo, Ukrainian bandura, and Russian balalaika are all plucked string instruments.
7. Which of these is a cabasa?
The woodblock, cabasa, and tambourine are unpitched percussion instruments.
8. Which of these is a harpsichord?
The harp and harpsichord are plucked string instruments. The jaw harp is an ancient trance instrument!
9. Which of these is a kalimba?
The kalimba, marimba, and djembe are percussion instruments of African origin. Kalimbas are based on the mbira family of instruments and played with the thumbs.
10. Which of these is a didgeridoo?
The bullroarer and didgeridoo are Aboriginal Australian instruments. The Pūtōrino is a Māori flute.
11. Which of these is a ukulele?
The ukulele, mandolin, and sitar are all members of the lute family.
12. Which of these is an ocarina?
The recorder, panpipes, and ocarina are types of flute. The ocarina is a versatile instrument, as useful for making music as it is for summoning horses, entertaining giant river frogs and travelling through time to save Hyrule.
13. Which of these is a glockenspiel?
The glockenspiel, tubular bells and xylophone are pitched percussion instruments. Glockenspiels are metallophones, unlike xylophones which are wooden.
14. Which of these is a hurdy-gurdy?
The zither and koto are plucked string instruments. The hurdy-gurdy is a hand-cranked string instrument that produces sound by a rosined wheel rubbing against the strings.
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Level 82
Apr 12, 2021
More Pick a Picture quizzes here!
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Level 51
Mar 23, 2021
Nominated!
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Level 82
Mar 23, 2021
Thanks :)
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Level 59
Apr 12, 2021
featured!
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Level 51
Mar 23, 2021
Countdown till this quiz is featured: 10 hours, 23 minutes, 17 seconds.
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Level 74
Mar 23, 2021
... now four hours, 32 minutes, 4 seconds
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Level 51
Mar 23, 2021
...now 57 minutes, 33 seconds.
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Level 74
Apr 3, 2021
... negative thirteen minutes and fifty three seconds
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Level 74
Mar 26, 2021
Nice quiz. The additional information is appreciated.
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Level 82
Mar 26, 2021
Thanks, that's nice to hear.
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Level 82
Apr 10, 2021
Specially the ocarina part. That's completely useful!
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Level 82
Apr 3, 2021
Great quiz! Enjoyed learning that harpsichord strings are plucked, as opposed to a modern piano - where they are struck.
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Level 82
Apr 3, 2021
Thanks. Yep, that's why the piano is often classified as a percussion instrument - it's basically hammers striking strings.
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Level 71
Apr 4, 2021
Good quiz, I'm not keen on the Didgeridoo picture, from those I've seen they are usually straight and sturdier than that shown. Looks more like an 'Alpenhorn'.
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Level 82
Apr 4, 2021
Thanks for the comment. I've submitted another picture in its place. Hopefully it can be changed without resetting the quiz, just waiting to see if it's approved.
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Level 76
Apr 4, 2021
When did ukulele become ukelele?
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Level 82
Apr 4, 2021
Thanks, corrected.
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Level 57
Apr 12, 2021
Good quiz! I was surprised harpsichord was so low...
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Level 82
Apr 12, 2021
Same here actually. Perhaps partly because in other languages it is quite different:

Italian: clavicembalo, French: clavecin, German: Cembalo, Spanish: clavecín, Portuguese: cravo, Dutch: klavecimbel.

Compare that to harp:

Italian: arpa, French: harpe, German: Harfe, Spanish: arpa, Portuguese: harpa, Dutch: harp.

Harpsichord is not exactly the first word you learn in English after all.

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Level 70
Apr 12, 2021
Haha, love the explanation you gave for ocarina :')
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Level 47
Apr 12, 2021
Good quiz - the more recognized name of steel pan is steel drum though. I didn't get the question but I certainly would have gotten it correct if steel drum had been used rather than steel pan.
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Level 67
Apr 12, 2021
Steel drum is wrong though. Laypeople call it a drum because it looks vaguely like a drum and you hit it with mallets. But it's not a drum. Drums make their sound by the vibrations of the air inside the drum (i.e., you hit the skin, and the depth of the drum gives the instrument its sound). Steelpan has no depth, and makes its sound by the vibration of the steel itself, like bells or cymbals. Steelpan is the correct term, and the term by which percussionists know the instrument.
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Level 61
Apr 12, 2021
Never heard of half of these instruments! Shows how musically ignorant I am.

I only got the Hurdy Gurdy, coz the guy holding the instrument looked so happy. If i held an instrument called a Hurdy Gurdy I too would have huge smile.

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Level 82
Apr 12, 2021
:D
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Level 67
Apr 13, 2021
There is an oldie call "Hurdy Gurdy Man" that I have always enjoyed, and I did not know until taking this quiz that it was not just a nonsense lyric. He just repeats "Hurdy gurdy" in quick succession like 20 times.
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Level 63
Apr 15, 2021
It's by Donovan
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Level 85
Apr 17, 2021
love that song
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Level 54
May 17, 2021
Any Legend of Zelda fan will know #12. Great quiz!
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Level 65
Sep 15, 2021
First four: This is too easy :D

Last ten: Ummmmm :O

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Level 61
Feb 9, 2022
That's a steel drum not a steel pan.
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Level 82
Feb 9, 2022
From the Wikipedia Steelpan page:

Drum refers to the steel drum containers from which the pans are made; the steel drum is more correctly called a steel pan or pan as it falls into the idiophone family of instruments, and so is not a drum.