Seven offbeat musical instruments worth exploring

May 10, 2016 By: forecastlefluke - No Comments

Looking to take up a musical instrument? While the traditional instruments such as piano, drums and guitar are the usual choices, we have put together a list of seven offbeat musical instruments worth exploring.



Ukulele, also known as Uke, belongs to the flute family of instruments. It looks similar to a guitar and it originated in Hawaii. The instrument first came to light when Madeiran immigrants brought it to Hawaii in the 19th century. The Ukulele is an instrument that you can learn and it will be a good practice for those you intend to learn guitar later as well. It is also not too difficult to pick it up because many chords are just one or two fretted fingers.




The xylophone is a musical instrument in the percussion family that consists of wooden bars struck by mallets. It is a fun musical instrument that anyone can learn easily. The instrument is often played as part of an orchestra and if you already know how to play the keyboard, it will be easy to play the xylophone.


Bongo is an African instrument, consisting of pair of drums of different sizes. In Spanish, the bigger drum is called hembra (female) and the smaller the macho (male). It produces high pitched sounds and is commonly used in genres such as Cuban son, salsa and Afro-Cuban jazz.

The harmonica, also known as mouth organ or French harp is a free reed wind instrument. It is used in many genres such as blues, American folk music, classical music, jazz, country, and rock and roll. A harmonica is played using the mouth to direct air into or out of one or more holes along a mouthpiece. It is also an extremely versatile instrument and can be played in many different styles.

Jal Tarang
An Indian melodic percussion instrument, it consists of a set of ceramic or metal bowls tuned with water. These bowls are played by striking the edge with beaters, one in each hand. It has a pleasant characteristics tone similar to wind chimes, ideal for Indian classical music.


A cello is a bowed string instrument, which belongs to the violin family. It is used as a solo instrument as well as in chamber music ensembles and string orchestras. It is the second largest stringed instrument and is used mainly in classical music. Although, bands like the Beatles and Cher have used the cello is popular music as well. Yesterday by Beatles and Cher’s” Bang Bang are some of the examples.

Shenai is similar to the oboe and is commonly used in Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi music. It is a double-reeded instrument of the wind category is one of the most ancient instruments in India. It is essentially used in used to create a sense of auspiciousness and sanctity.