Don Williams and Emmylou Harris, 1981.

Education

History of Country Music Instruments

Explore Music History’s Essential Sounds

The instruments used to create country music are as varied as the voices that continue to move the genre forward. But certain tools have become synonymous with the country sound—and, in different mixes and with varied prominence—tend to appear on many of the best-known country music recordings.

First, explore a few of the instruments that have become key to country music’s evolving but roots-rooted sound, then have a listen to each down below.

Sounds

Accordian

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Autoharp

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Banjo

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Bass

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Dobro

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Drums

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Fiddle

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Acoustic Guitar

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Electric Guitar

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Harmonica

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Mandolin

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Piano

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Pedal Steel Guitar

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Washboard

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Zither

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Dive Deeper with an Encyclopedia

Immediately upon publication, The Encyclopedia of Country Music became a much-loved reference source, prized for the wealth of information it contained on that most American of musical genres.

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