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Electronic musical instruments

  • An electronic musical instrument is a musical instrument that produces its sounds using electronics. 

  • Some of them may include a user interface for controlling its sound, often by adjusting the pitch, frequency, or duration of each note.

  • However, it is increasingly common to separate user interface and sound-generating functions into a music controller (input device) and a music synthesizer.

  • Electronic musical instruments are now widely used in most styles of music. 

Electric guitar

  • An electric guitar is a guitar that uses a pickup to convert the vibration of its strings into electrical impulses.

  • The most common guitar pickup uses the principle of direct electromagnetic induction.

  • Since the output of an electric guitar is an electric signal, the signal may easily be altered using electronic circuits to add "color" to the sound.

  • Often the signal is modified using effects such as reverb and distortion.

  • It was invented in 1931, during the jazz era.

  • During the 1950s and 1960s, the electric guitar became the most important instrument in pop music. 


The theremin is an early electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact by the performer.

It was invented by Léon Theremin, in 1928.

The theremin was used in movie soundtracks 

Unknown - Theremin

Zelda's main theme

Koji Kondo

Other electronic instruments

Ritchie Blackmore - Electric guitar

The Circle' solo guitar

Ritchie Blackmore

Sabrina & Melody - Big piano

Heart & Soul

Hoagy Carmichael

Jason Hou - AlphaSphere


Bryson Andres- Electric violin


One Republic

David Siegel - Loop Device

I want you back

Jackson Five

Reactj - Reactable

Live performance Nº2

Mark, Finday and Dave - Eigenharp

Extreme ways (Bourne Ultimatum)

Korg Kaossilator Demo

Craig Blundell - Octapad


Recorder: Lower notes

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