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thumb piano

Syllabification: thumb pi·an·o

Definition of thumb piano in English:


Any of various musical instruments, mainly of African origin, made from strips of metal fastened to a resonator and played by plucking with the fingers and thumbs. Also called kalimba, mbira, or sansa.
Example sentences
  • The opening orchestration evokes for me the sound of the African thumb piano, although one of symphonic size.
  • Dance, accompanied by the drum, xylo-phone, or thumb piano, plays an important cultural role in Zambia.
  • A must for international roots fans, the veteran musician plays her own uplifting pieces on the Mbira thumb piano.

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