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Key (instrument)

Keys of a grand piano
Details of a B-flat clarinet: keys for the little finger of the right hand.

A key is a specific part of a musical instrument. The purpose and function of the part in question depends on the instrument.

On instruments equipped with tuning machines, violins and guitars, for example, a key is part of a tuning machine. It is a worm gear with a key shaped end used to turn a cog, which, in turn, is attached to a post which winds the string. The key is used to make pitch adjustments to a string.

With other instruments, zithers and drums, for example, a key is essentially a small wrench used to turn a tuning machine or lug.

On accordion direct the air flow from a manually operated bellows across various tuned vibrating reeds.

On other synthesizer.

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