Online Music Dictionary of Musical Terms Beginning With Z


Zills: Tiny metallic cymbals with a diameter of about 2 inches, they are an early Asian percussion instrument often used by female dancers in belly dancing and similar performances. Zills are commonly placed on the thumb and middle finger of one or both hands and struck together in a specific rhythmic pattern.

Zigeunermusik: Gypsy music.

Zwischenspiel: Interlude.

Zydeco: A form of Cajun American roots or folk music usually fast-tempo, and dominated by the button or piano accordion and a form of a washboard known as a rub-board or frottoir. Originally created at house dances where blacks and free people of color of south Louisiana gathered for socializing.