Musical Instruments in Thai 🎶

by | Nov 23, 2020 | Thai

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In this article, you will learn vocabulary for different musical instruments in the Thai language and about music-related vocabulary.

You will also learn about some famous Thai instruments.

Let’s start with the word for Music and Instruments in general.

Music is: ดนตรี (don-dtree) 🎵

Musical instruments is: เครื่องดนตรี (krêuang don-dtree) 🎹🎻🥁

Thai Instruments

The following are some popular Thai instruments that I am familiar with. These instruments are used in traditional Thai music.

If you want a list of all the Thai instruments, check out this Wikipedia Article.

  • One type of Thai bamboo flute
    ขลุ่ย
    klùi

  • One type of Thai Oboe (similar to a clarinet)
    ปี่
    bpèe

  • A 3 stringed crocodile-shaped instrument used in Thai music
    จะเข้
    jà kây

  • A stringed instrument that is played with sticks
    ขิม
    kĭm

  • ซอ
    sor
    A fiddle with a hardwood body
    • A 2 string fiddle
      ซอด้วง
      sor dûang
    • A different type of 2 string fiddle
      ซออู้
      sor ôo
    • A 3 string fiddle
      ซอสามสาย
      sor săam săai
  • A xylophone type instrument played with 2 mallets.
    ระนาด
    rá-nâat

  • 2 cymbals joined by a string that you hit together with your hands.
     ฉิ่ง
    chìng

Musical Instruments in Thai

Instruments

You will notice many of the instruments is just the English way of saying them but pronounced with a Thai accent.

  • Piano 🎹
    เปียโน
    bpia noh

  • Trumpet/Horn 🎺
    แตร
    dtrae

  • Ukulele
    อูคูเลเล่
    oo koo lay-lây

  • Guitar 🎸
    กีตาร์
    gee-dtâa

  • Saxophone 🎷
    แซ็กโซโฟน
    sáek-soh-fohn

  • Flute
    ฟลูท
    flôot

  • Violin 🎻
    ไวโอลิน
    wai-oh-lin

  • Drums 🥁
    กลอง
    glong

  • Accordion
    หีบเพลง
    hèep playng

  • Clarinet
    คลาริเนต
    klaa-rí-nâyt


  • Trombone
    ทรอมโบน
    trom-bohn

Playing music Instruments

In Thai, you can say เล่น (lâyn), meaning to play, to say you play an instrument. For example, you can say you lâyn guitar, lâyn the flute, lâyn piano or play the guitar, play the flute, play the piano.

However, there are more specific ways of saying some actions. Just like how in English you can say you play the guitar or you might say you are strumming the guitar.

  • To strum
    ตีคอร์ด
    dtee kòt

  • To pluck
    ดีด
    dèet

  • To blow
    เป่า
    bpào

  • To hit
    ตี
    dtee

Extra Music vocabulary

  • Music
    ดนตรี
    don-dtree

  • Musical instruments
    เครื่องดนตรี
    krêuang don-dtree

  • Notes 🎶
    โน๊ต
    nóht

  • Melody
    ทำนองเพลง
    tam nong playng

  • Chords
    คอร์ด
    kòt


I hope you enjoyed learning how to say the musical instruments in Thai and about Thai instruments.

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