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Alphabet of Instruments

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Alphabet of Instruments

A is for Accordion, squeezing air with bellows
B is for Banjo, five strings plucked by bluegrass fellows

C is for Clavichord, keyboard with a metal sound
D is for the Drums which percussionists will pro-pound

E is for the English horn, using a double-reed
F is for a brass French horn, three valves is all you need

G is for Glockenspiel, metal bars arranged in rows
H is for Harmonica, both in and out she blows

I is for Ingoma, on which skins or hides are drummed
J is for Jinghu,  just two strings that are bowed not strummed

K is for the Keytar, keyboard guitar held upright
L is for the Laser harp which plays on beams of light

M is for Maracas, their rhythm shaken by pros 
N is for Nguru, Maori flute blown through the nose

O is for the Oboe with a mouth-piece that looks bewitched
P is for the Piccolo,  a half-sized flute, high pitched

Q is for the Quena, a notched flute from the Andes
R is for the Rattle, maracas for the babies

S is for the Shofar,  a Jewish horn hard to blow
T is for the Tuba, largest horn and tough to tow.

U is Ukulele, four-string Hawaiian gee-tar
V is Viola, a fiddle tuned a bit deeper

W is the Washboard, just for rhythm, understood?
X is a Xylophone, a glockenspiel made of wood

Y is Yotar, a guitar with four strings grouped in threes
Z is Zither, played on the table or cross your knees

This alphabet of instruments just breaks through the top
The're hundreds more to know, but Z's a good place to stop.


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  1. Date: 4/18/2013 7:13:00 PM
    Reason, Congratulations with your awesome poem in one of the best contest I've seen this year. It has been an honor in viewing all of Cyndi's ABC Couplet winners. I would have never pulled off this form or idea.... * xox-PD

  1. Date: 4/18/2013 3:48:00 PM
    Congrats on you winning very creative and unique work..Sara

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 5:32:00 PM
    Hi Reason, wonderfully musical ABC poem, congratulations on your win!

  1. Date: 4/17/2013 9:22:00 AM
    delightful! congrats on your win!

  1. Date: 4/16/2013 10:44:00 PM
    Beautiful. Many congrats for this win.

  1. Date: 3/11/2013 10:36:00 PM
    Im so impressed..never heard of alot of these..BG

  1. Date: 3/11/2013 4:57:00 PM
    AWESOME way to do the contest challenege. You chose your topic very well.