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Pipa

Pipa

Explore the rich history of the pipa, an ancient Chinese instrument with evolving designs, foreign influences, and lasting cultural impact.

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Pedal Steel Guitar

Pedal Steel Guitar

Tracing back to lap guitars and steel bars, its wailing tones captivated Hawaii. Electrification, oblong shapes, and pedals propelled its popularity worldwide.

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Pan Pipes

Pan Pipes

Pan pipes, also called pan flute or syrinx, are a woodwind instrument made of wooden or bamboo flutes assembled in an ascending scale with sound holes for blowing.

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Penny Whistle

Penny Whistle

The penny whistle is a metal woodwind instrument with six sound holes, is also known as the tin whistle and Irish whistle. It is famous for playing Irish and UK music.

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Piccolo Clarinet

Piccolo Clarinet

The piccolo clarinet, or A-flat clarinet, is the smallest and highest-pitched instrument in the clarinet family. It plays a minor seventh higher than the Bb clarinet and is half its size.

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Pungi

Pungi

The pungi, an Indian wind instrument, is also called “the snake charmer’s wife.” It requires circular breathing and produces a characteristic high tone with a continuous low hum.

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