Questions tagged [identification]

Find the name, term or phrase for the presented technique, instrument or notation. Please note that questions about identifying chords, notes, key and time signatures are off-topic.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
22
votes
1answer
3k views

What is this metal M-shaped device for?

I inherited this with a box of piano sheet music, some of which was for beginners, and vaguely recall seeing one ages ago at a music store. It’s about the right size for wearing like a pair of brass ...
13
votes
3answers
24k views

How to identify a particular song or piece?

I’ve heard a piece of music, but I don’t know its name or who performs it. How can I find this information?
11
votes
4answers
432 views

Which (apparently keyboard) instrument is this?

I discovered this image recently while reading about piano. I discovered this young Portuguese pianist photo, Vianna da Motta, while learning in his early stages. I assume this is some kind of ...
6
votes
1answer
158 views

Is there a name for a violin with five strings?

Is there a distinguishing name for this stringed instrument that is, as best as I an find, otherwise referred to as a "five-string violin?"
5
votes
1answer
2k views

What Musical Instrument is this? [closed]

So I came across this Snarky Puppy's video and I saw an instrument that I'm not familiar with. Hoping you guys could tell me what's this instrument called? Thanks!
5
votes
1answer
223 views

What's this instrument shown in 1-Nenokkadine?

In 1: Nenokkadine, there is a musical instrument shown prominently. Here is a snapshot of that instrument. Link to that movie This device plays some sort of piano ...
4
votes
2answers
116 views

What is this flat thing on Ray Chen's bridge?

A recently released video of Ray Chen playing Clair de Lune shows what appears to be a strange flat object on the violin bridge. I thought originally that it was maybe part of the tailpiece or ...
4
votes
3answers
780 views

What instrument is used to create this kind of music?

Today I came across a song and (esp the beginning) it left me in an euphoric state. Here is the song: What instrument is used to create this kind of angelic sounds? ...
4
votes
1answer
781 views

What instrument is Stevie Wonder playing in this video?

In this CBS This Morning video Stevie Wonder is talking about Aretha Franklin who has just recently passed, after a long and profound life. What instrument is in front of him? I've never seen ...
4
votes
1answer
70 views

What is the name of this clap/slap-sounding percussion instrument? [closed]

I'm trying to familiarize myself with the varieties of percussion and some drums I hear from, let's say concerts or soundtracks to games on YouTube, and I gotta say, some really don't provide many ...
4
votes
1answer
52 views

What kind of whistle is it that raises in pitch?

What kind of whistle sounding instrument is it that for example can be heard throughout this song (first time at 0:47)? It also serves as the whistle of Mysterious ...
3
votes
2answers
64 views

What is this octotonic scale? [duplicate]

Another post of scale idientification: What scale has these notes : C D Eb F Gb Ab A B? It is a octotonic 8-note ascending scale .
3
votes
2answers
81 views

How to improvise over sixth chord in minor scale

Let's say I have this melody on the lead keyboard : Over that melody, I play the chords F#m, E, C#m, D#m. I'm not actually sure D#m is called a major 6th chord here. If I play this melody on the ...
3
votes
1answer
2k views

Bass identification--No name anywhere

Could someone help me figure out what kind of electric bass this is? I found it in my great-grandparent's attic. There is not a single word on this thing anywhere, and I can't find a similar model via ...
3
votes
1answer
108 views

Name of hemispherical drum from West Africa?

Does anybody know what to call a West-African hemispherical drum with two bands of what seems to be electrical tape crossing at right angles on its "north pole"?? The drum can be seen below: For an ...
3
votes
0answers
98 views

Need help identifying Korean-made bass

I am a work buddy who is in wants to sell a bass that he bought while stationed in Korea. Unfortunately there are no brand markings on it, and I have been unable to identify it by its body or ...
2
votes
4answers
98 views

What is the name of this chord? (Csus2+4)

The chord, is a Csus2+4 combination without the perfect fifth. The inversions are Dm7 (without fifth) and F5 (with major sixth). WhatI want to know is the name of this chord?
2
votes
2answers
196 views

What is really the piece called Suite No. 2 by W.A. Mozart?

I've gotten my hands on an arrangement by Simeon Bellison for clarinet quartet * of a Suite No. 2 / W.A. Mozart. This surprised me because Mozart didn't complete any suites as far as I know. I checked ...
2
votes
1answer
347 views

(Answered: A Persian Tar) What is the name of this stringed instrument? It is stringed, skinny, and has a hour-glass-shaped-body

What is the name of this stringed instrument? If any are curious as to where I got this image from, it is here:
2
votes
2answers
174 views

about old instrument, what is it?

Does anyone know the name of the instrument played here? It's the one the guy is spinning around and playing some keys (similar to the accordion). Incidentally, does anyone know if some company sells ...
2
votes
1answer
651 views

What pieces influenced the Requiem from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind? [closed]

I watched Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind recently, and I was really struck by the beginning of this piece: In the movie it's rendered instrumentally; it is well-...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

What is the name of this instrument with 2 strings?

Hi, I bought this instrument in Kabul and the seller told me it was a dutar. But now that I'm looking at some pictures online, it looks different. Can you tell me what it's called? Thanks. Edit: I'm ...
2
votes
1answer
234 views

Bass identification

I got a bass from a friend of mine and would love to know the exact model of it. All I know is, that it is an Aria Bass and that I can't find this model on their homepage. Maybe someone can help me ...
1
vote
1answer
89 views

How can I identify a tune?

Can anyone steer me to a book or website or smartphone app that will help me find out where a tune is from? I've got an imperfect memory of a tune that I heard years ago and I would love to listen to ...
1
vote
2answers
117 views

What is this blowing instrument used in the acoustic cover of “Taekwondo” by “Walk off the Earth”? [closed]

At around 1:44 of the acoustic cover of Taekwondo by "Walk of the Earth", the musicians play a blowing instrument. What instrument is this?
1
vote
2answers
119 views

Is there any information about this acoustic Ibanez artist model 2600 (70's) from my late father?

While cleaning the house I came across an old acoustic Ibanez model 2600 that used to be my fathers guitar. Now finding any good info on this guitar with google and duckduckgogo searches was fruitless ...
1
vote
2answers
74 views

What is the “low, raw, vibrating string instrument” heard in this track? [closed]

I'm referring to this video. Sweet childhood memories aside, I'm curious to know what's the first instrument you hear in this track; the low one that carries the beat throughout the whole thing. It's ...
1
vote
2answers
107 views

What types of drums in the picture below?

What types of drums in the picture below? I'm wondering if they are tom drums. Your help is a great source of inspiration for me!
1
vote
1answer
789 views

How closely related in history, construction and use are these two instruments?

A friend shared these two videos with me. He called the double reed instrument a Suona and said that it is traditional both in the Middle East, and central Asia, China and Taiwan. I do not know what ...
1
vote
1answer
352 views

What is this japanese wooden instrument called?

Yesterday I stumbled upon an interesting percussion instrument: (Instrument at 3:28 of the video) The instrument takes the form of an oblong wooden block with 12 ...
1
vote
0answers
161 views

What guitar brand/model is this? [closed]

So I have always seen this broken guitar and didn't notice since it was broken and all and recently I looked at it and wondered what guitar it might be. I tried searching the guitar for any hints ...
1
vote
0answers
106 views

What is this percussion instrument? [closed]

Latvian electronic music band Jumprava use/used a particular percussion instrument in a number of their pieces, which can be seen in this 1987 concert recording: The ...
0
votes
1answer
315 views

What is the name of this percussion instrument?

I'm listening to the song "There Goes the Fear" by the Doves. There's a peculiar percussive instrument that fades in starting around the 6:15 mark and then becomes the foremost percussive instrument ...
0
votes
1answer
104 views

What is this instrument? [closed]

In the first half of the GoldenEye Overture (called Half Of Everything Is Luck), there is a percussion instrument I've been wondering about. It appears at the fourth beat (or on the off-beat just ...
0
votes
1answer
165 views

What kind of instrument involves simultaneously singing into a microphone and playing a keyboard?

I've been to a few concerts (and recognize the same sound in recorded music) where the singer sings into a microphone and plays chords on a keyboard. The sound captured by the microphone isn't played ...
0
votes
1answer
66 views

How to Identify Title of Piece from Sheet Music [closed]

I have a piece of music that I'd like to find the title of but I only have a midi transcription. Shazam or something like it won't work because it's some sort of classical(? I really have no idea) ...
0
votes
1answer
228 views

What is the name of this instrument?

While watching this exceptional video, I noticed the instrument used to do the whistling at 0:33. It looks like a long ocarina, but I wonder what the exact name of this instrument is (I am also ...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

How ears identify the center(sofa name “Do”) of a piece of music [duplicate]

As titled, say, When humming along with a piece of music, you will probably sing with sofa names without knowing the key signature of it, like Birthday song: 556517, 556521, 5553176, 443121... My ...
-1
votes
1answer
157 views

How to Determine a Song's Title with only the Melody

How do music professionals identify the title of a song when all they know is the melody of that song? For example, I'm having great difficulty identifying the title of the melody played during this ...