Fixed Pitch Instruments?

Asked by: Mayra Kryszczynski

A fixed pitch instrument is one that cannot be tuned. It has nothing to do with whether you can play in more or fewer keys. For instance, I play the pennywhistle. My whistle is a single piece of aluminum tubing, and can not be tuned.

What instrument has strings with fixed pitches?


Other names Wheel fiddle, wheel vielle, vielle à roue, zanfona, draailier, ghironda
Classification String instrument (bowed)
Hornbostel–Sachs classification 321.322-72 (Composite chordophone sounded by rosined wheel)
Playing range
Related instruments

What instrument has pitch?

When we refer to definite pitch, we mean a sound that can be discerned from other sounds. The percussion instruments that clearly have a definite pitch include the xylophone, marimba, and drum.

What instruments make a high pitch?

The most well-known high pitch instruments include the harp, piccolo, and piano. These high-pitched instruments are typically used in orchestra movements, bands and solos for their light, happy and air-like quality.

What instruments make a low pitch?

Lowest-Pitched Saxophones

  • Bass Saxophone. A bass saxophone is the most commonly played variation of low-pitched saxophone. …
  • Contrabass Saxophone. A contrabass saxophone is less well-known than the saxophone. …
  • Subcontrabass Saxophone. …
  • Bass Clarinet. …
  • Contrabass Clarinet. …
  • Bass Oboe. …
  • Double Bassoon / Contrabassoon. …
  • Trombone.

Does violin have fixed pitch?

A guitar, violin, or concert flute (for example) can be tuned by the musician in under a minute, and will be tuned before each performance. These are not fixed pitch instruments. If they play with a fixed pitch instrument, everyone will tune to that instrument.

What’s a hurdy-gurdy instrument?

hurdy-gurdy, squat, pear-shaped fiddle having strings that are sounded not by a bow but by the rosined rim of a wooden wheel turned by a handle at the instrument’s end. Notes are made on the one or two melody strings by stopping them with short wooden keys pressed by the left-hand fingers.

Is a tambourine pitched or unpitched?


Non-Pitched Percussion instruments are what most people call drums. They do not necessarily have a definite pitch. Non-pitched percussion instruments include snare drum, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle and many others.

Is piano a definite pitch?

Some percussion instruments are tuned and can sound different notes, like the xylophone, timpani or piano, and some are untuned with no definite pitch, like the bass drum, cymbals or castanets.

Are piano pitched or unpitched?

Pitched Percussion is any instrument that has actually musical pitch (like the piano). Pitched percussion instruments include the xylophone, marimba, vibraphone and timpani.

What are pitched and unpitched instruments?

Percussion instruments pitched and unpitched what is the difference glockenspiel a pitched percussion instrument a glockenspiel plays very high pitches.

Is a claves pitched or unpitched?

Claves: Claves are wooden sticks that click together to produce an unpitched sound. They are a mainstay of salsa music. Temple blocks: Temple blocks are a series of pitched woodblocks popular in classical ensembles.

Are bells pitched or unpitched?

[Fun Fact: Some instruments can be used in both roles. An individual cow bell is unpitched- but a set of tuned cowbells are pitched.] Use these questions to guide your child through their inquiry of percussion instruments.

Is a drum set pitched?

One of the most overlooked and misunderstood aspects of drumming is drum tuning. While drums generally aren’t tuned to specific pitches, they do need to be tuned to produce clear, full tones. Learning how to tune your drum set will make you sound better and encourage you to play more often.

Is Tabla a pitched percussion instruments?

The tabla consists of two small drums of slightly different sizes and shapes. Each drum is made of hollowed out wood, clay or metal.


Percussion instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification 211.12 (Sets of instruments in which the body of the drum is dish- or bowl-shaped)