thumb piano


Definition of thumb piano

: mbira

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Recent Examples on the Web Cowell was among the first jazz musicians to make prominent use of the kalimba, a thumb piano from southeastern Africa. Giovanni Russonello New York Times, Star Tribune, "Jazz bandleader, pianist, composer over five decades," 20 Dec. 2020 Engineers have developed a sensor to test for real medicine based on an unusual source: a musical instrument known as the mbira, also known as a thumb piano. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "This Simple Musical Instrument Can Detect Poison," 13 Sep. 2018 These little thumb pianos seem to crop up on every shelf and mantel. Hilarie M. Sheets, New York Times, "She Married an Artist, and Now Finds Comfort in His Work," 13 Feb. 2018 His upbeat music, featuring the traditional mbira thumb piano and an electric guitar tweaked to sound like an mbira, often carried lyrics of rebellion in the Shona language and in English., "African Music Star in Exile Awaits Real Change for Zimbabwe," 30 Nov. 2017

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First Known Use of thumb piano

1949, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of thumb piano was in 1949

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“Thumb piano.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2021.

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