What instrument is this and why is it held so strangely and played?

Asked by: Juan Fair

What is that weird instrument called?


The daddy of weird instruments, and one of the very first times electronics were used specifically to create music. Notable for its eerie sound, contact-less playing technique and its use in science fiction movies, Leon Theremin (great name) went down in musical history for this one.

Why is the theremin an unusual instrument?

The theremin is considered to be the first electronic musical instrument ever made, a legendary machine. It is also the only instrument in the world that can be played without needing to be touched! The magnetic field is changed by the varying distances between the two hands.

What is a theremin playing?

Theremins involve the manipulation of electromagnetic fields around two antennae that make the instrument look rather like a weird lectern. Players control sounds by moving hands and fingers around a vertical antenna to raise or lower the tone, and up or down over a looped antenna to control volume.

What instrument is in Star Trek theme?

The theremin (/ˈθɛrəmɪn/; originally known as the ætherphone/etherphone, thereminophone or termenvox/thereminvox) is an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the thereminist (performer).


Electronic instrument
Inventor(s) Leon Theremin
Developed 1920; patented in 1922

What instrument is played without touching it?


A theremin-like instrument sometimes called the electro-theremin is used for one of the signature parts of “Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys. And it’s a musical staple of science fiction movies. The theremin is unique because of how it’s played: you make music without touching it.

What is the weirdest string instrument?

Unusual Musical Instruments

  • Strings.
  • Hurdy-Gurdy.
  • Crwth.
  • Igil.
  • Autoharp.

What is the instrument Sheldon plays?

the theremin

Accordingly, the theremin is most often a novelty – a prop for Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page, a gag for The Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon Cooper, a flying-saucer sound-effect in countless B-movie soundtracks. In the hands of an amateur, the theremin yowls and screeches.

How much is a theremin?

Compare with similar items

This item Moog Theremini Theremin Burns Theremins Great Sounding Theremin at a Great Price
Add to Cart Add to Cart
Customer Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars (389) 4.0 out of 5 stars (238)
Price $34900 $99.95$99.95
Sold By GearTree Burns Theremins

How do you play Vibraslap?

You can use your palm. You can use your fists. Whatever you do don't hit. This side because it's not made to be hit this is the rattle side this is the striking side.

How do you play slide whistle?

And it's like a little cowbell with rattles inside on the bottom. And you hold the handle however you like either like that or like that. And you just hit the ball.

How do you play Agogo Bells?

In front of your body. And play with the stick you can use the high and low pitches to create a combination of musical rhythms. You can also place the stick inside the Bell to create a sustained.

What is the instrument in Crazy Train?

The vibraslap is a percussion instrument consisting of a piece of stiff wire (bent into a U-shape) connecting a wooden ball to a hollow box of wood with metal “teeth” inside. The percussionist holds the metal wire in one hand and strikes the ball (usually against the palm of their other hand).

What instrument makes the boing sound?

jaw harp

The djembe is a West African hand drum that is both fun and easy to play. Also known as the “jaw harp,” “mouth harp,” and other names, this small instrument makes a distinct “boing boing” sound you’ve probably heard before but couldn’t quite place.

What are percussion instruments?

The most common percussion instruments in the orchestra include the timpani, xylophone, cymbals, triangle, snare drum, bass drum, tambourine, maracas, gongs, chimes, celesta, and piano.