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Udu Drums -- Udu" means "pot". an oblong drum (or pot) made of clay. It has a hole on top that resonates the sound when the drum is struck with a hand. It generally makes a deep sound
 
Ukelele -- A small guitar with four strings of Portuguese origin. It became popular in the South Pacific islands and by the early 1900's was a staple in many of these cultures including Hawaii. Because the ukelele was portable, small, and light, cheap, easily played and simply tuned, it became a popular instrument in the United States for accompanying folk songs after World War I
 
Ulleann Pipes -- Type of bellows-blown bagpipe used in Irish traditional music; bellows are elbow-manipulated
 
Ulleann Pipes -- A species of bagpipe known in Ireland. The uilleann pipes is different from the Scottish bagpipe because it is filled with air by means of a bellows activated by the player squeezing the bellows against his side with his elbow. It has a softer, more melodic sound than the Scottish bagpipe
 
Una Corda -- In piano music, this directive indicates that the soft pedal is to be used. The words "una corda" are shown under the bass staff where the soft pedal is to be depressed and the words "tre corde" (three strings) under the bass staff where the soft pedal is to be released
 
Unison -- Interval between two notes of the same pitch; the simultaneous playing of the same note
 
Unison -- An interval of zero; i.e., the same pitch. Two instruments playing in unison are playing exactly the same notes
 
Up Bow -- The sign "V", indicating that a bowed string player should play that particular note by drawing the bow from the tip to the frog or moving the bow toward the body. This is opposed to a down-bow, where the player draws the bow from the frog towards the tip or away from the body
 
Upbeat -- Last beat of a measure, a weak beat, which anticipates the downbeat (the first beat of the next measure)
 
Upright Piano -- A piano on which the strings and soundboard are vertical rather than horizontal as on a grand piano
 
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