Instrument Riddles

Here are some cleverly written instrument riddles I came across on this website. (The website has a bunch of useable ideas related to instruments of the orchestra, but you have to sift through a pretty random layout to find specific ideas.)

#1 We come as a pair, you could say that we’re twins.
We’re shiny and crash when you play us, my friend.
If you like to make noise and to march in a band,
You’ll love us ’cause we make those marches sound grand!
I’m a ____________________.

#2 Sometimes I’m acoustic and sometimes electric.
Those rock stars, they love me and act energetic.
They strum me or pick me and play lots of songs,
Then put me in a case and take me along.
I’m a _________________.

#3 You can beat me and I won’t get red in the face.
I come in all sizes from snare down to bass.
All bands like to use me to keep a good beat.
As you march me along on your two little feet.
I’m a _________________.

#4 I sit on the floor and you sit in a chair.
You play with a bow that’s made of horse hair.
I’m played in a orchestra, a nice wooden fellow.
My name is five letters, they call me a ____________.

#5 If you ask for keys you won’t get a car.
But they are black and white,
on the bench sits a star.
I’m a _________________.

#6 I’m bright and colorful and something that’s new.
I’m hit on the floor or maybe your shoe.
And when you want a really good sound,
Hit me on your head, that’s the best sound around!
I’m a _________________.

#7 I’m played with a mallet, that’s easy to see.
And there are bars that are big and small across me.
I’m made of wood and come in different sizes.
My music makes lots of terrific surprises!
I’m a _______________.

#8 I have four short strings,
but you can’t tie a knot.
I do have a bow so you can play me a lot!
I’m ___________________.

#9 I’m held in your hand, and sometimes I’m round.
I need you to shake me or I won’t make a sound.
I jingle and jangle with small metal pieces.
When you leave me alone, my melody ceases.
I’m a ________________.

#10 I’m silver and narrow and held in your hands.
Just blow across me for you woodwind fans.
A piccolo’s my cousin, but I’m just a bit longer.
I bet you know now, or do you still have to wonder?
I’m a ________________.

I think I’ve got almost all of these figured out – seeing as how there was no answer list with them! I’m still stuck on #6. Help? 😀

Here are the ones I did get (at least I think!):

#1: Cymbals

#2: Guitar

#3: Drum

#4: Cello

#5: Piano

#6: ?

#7: Xylophone

#8: Violin

#9: Tambourine

#10: Flute

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