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Encyclopedia > Güiro
Frog shaped Guiro from Japan

The güiro is a percussion instrument consisting of an open-ended, hollow gourd with parallel notches cut in one side. It is played by rubbing a wooden stick along the notches to produce a ratchet-like sound. The güiro is commonly used in Latin-American music, and plays a key role in the typical cumbia rhythm section. Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... A gourd is a hollow, dried shell of a fruit in the Cucurbitaceae family of plants. ... A ratchet can be: the Cwn Annwn in Brythonic mythology, the hounds of Annwn a mechanical device for controlling rotational motion a musical instrument; see ratchet (instrument) a Transformers (toyline); see Ratchet (Transformer) This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the... Latin American music, is sometimes wrongly called Latin music. ... Cumbia is a Colombian folk dance and dance music. ...



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