Kabosy short lute in the shape of a box, from Madagascar


Kamaycha vertically held string instrument from India. nineteen strings, three of gut for melody, two of brass for drone, and fourteen of steel for sympathetic resonance


Kammer (German) chamber


Kammerton (German) the pitch used for instruments in Germany during the Baroque period, where a' was about 410-425 Hz


Kankukus Afro-Brazilian dance


Kanon (German) canon


Kantele traditional Finnish stringed instrument, laid on a table or across the player's knees and plucked


Kanun Middle Eastern instrument dating before the time of Christ. similar to a zither, 72-75 grouped strings, which are tuned flat and then raised or lowered in small semitone increments using a series of latches


Karaoke popular nightclub style from Japan where customers sing the melody to accompanying prerecorded tracks


Kaum (German) barely


Kavatine (German) cavatina


Kayagum a Korean 12-string zither


Kecak ancient Balinese trance dance performed to appease the gods in times of difficulty


Keck (German) audacious


Keckheit (German) audacity


Keen an Irish funeral song


Keineswegs (German) no way


Keleli a two or three string long necked lute from Chad


Kerfing (guitar lining) is Tapered strip(s) of wood glued around the inside seams of a guitar to add strength and stability where the sides meet the top and back. Kerfing has spaced slits that render the wood strip flexible. See Anatomy of a Classical Guitar


Key specific scale or series of notes defining a particular tonality


Key note the first note of the scale upon which a piece of music is based


Key signature an arrangement of sharps or flats placed on the far left hand side of each line of the staff, indicating scale of the piece See key signature in Elements of a Musical Score See Elements of Standard Notation for Classical Guitar  See Table of Key Signatures


Kidumbak a style from Zanzibar, percussive and dance-based


Kind (German) child


Kinder (German) children


Kindlich (German) childlike


Kirche (German) church


Kirchencantate (German) church cantata


Kitchen department unkind description of the percussion section of an orchestra


Kithara ancient Greek lyre-like instrument, a square or rounded resonator box (body) and as many as eleven gut strings supported by a yoke attached to two arms attached to and rising from the body


Kitsch a work that is shallow, pretentious, gaudy, without substance, or calculated to have popular appeal


Kizomba music an Angolan style based on the semba, rumba and quilapanga


Klagend (German) lamenting


Kläglich (German) lamentable


Klammer (German) brace


Klang (German) sound, tone


Klangfarbe (German) timbre, tone


Klar (German) clear, distinct


Klein (German) small, minor


Kleine (German) small, minor


Klingen (German) resonant, to sound


Klingend (German) resonant, to sound


Kneifend (German) pizzicato,  plucking


Koa Koa was first used as a tonewood in the ukuleles of Hawaii for its warm tone. Colors ranging from brown to gold with rich and varying grain. See Wood Choices for Back & Sides See Alternative Wood Choices for Back & Sides See Anatomy of a Classical Guitar 


Kobsa plucked lute


Kokle Latvian lap zither


Kolomyika a quick duple-time Polish dance


Komisch (German) comic


Kompa popular style of Haitian tropical music created in the 1950s


Komponiert (German) composed


Komun-go Korean six-string zither


Komuz a three stringed lute from Kyrgyzstan


Koni a small traditional four-stringed lute in the form of a teardrop from Gambia


Kono strummed lute from Ghana


Kontingo West African lute


Kontrapunkt (German) counterpoint


Kontretanz a country dance


Konzert (German) concert, concerto


Konzertstück informal concert piece, usually in one movement, for solo instruments and orchestra


Kopuz Central Asian Turkic short lute


Kora  West African harp lute with 19 strings, popular in Gambia, Senegal and Mali. has a skin stretched across a large gourd, a wooden neck and gut or nylon fishwire strings stretched across a tall bridge. played in a similar way to a harp


Koryaga one stringed instrument with a string fixed on a curved branch of a tree. The sound is made by a violin bow or plucked, and the notes are changed with the use of a wire bent over the branches' ends.


Kostenka (German) a type of Serbian dance


Koto a 13 string Japanese zither of Chinese origin. about 6 feet long. laid horizontally with waxed silken strings stretched tightly over movable bridges along the length of the instrument. plucked using ivory picks


Kraft (German) strength, vigour


Kräftig strong, vigorous


Krakoviak Polish dance from the Kraków region, in 2/4 time with syncopated rhythms


Krakowiak Polish dance from the Kraków region, in 2/4 time with syncopated rhythms


Krar a six-string bowl-shaped lyre from Ethiopia


Kreis (German) cycle, circle


Kreuz (German) the sharp sign


Kucheng a 16 or 21-stringed zither. the most popular plucked traditional Chinese instrument on Taiwan


Kujawiak a quick, triple-time Polish dance


Kum Korean seven-stringed zither used in court music


Kurz (German) short


Kurze (German) short


Kurzer Vorschlag (German) acciaccatura


Kwaito an urban South African genre developed in the 1990s, a fusion of various musical sounds that were popular in the 1990s, including South African dance music, hip hop, Jamaican influences, house music and rhythm and blues


Kwassa-kwassa dance style from the Democratic Republic of Congo that was developed in the 1980's



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