Music Related Vocab in Korean

Lots of Konglish, y’all

Music Genres

재즈

Jazz

rap

pop

발라드

ballad

rock

락앤롤

rock and roll

케이팝

kpop

블루스

blues

팝성

a pop song

Instruments

(악기)

In English we use the verb ‘play’ for every kind of instrument. However, in Korean, the verb depends on the method in which you play the instrument. So I have divided them up by verb. Note that some of these are exceptions; I got my info from a native so it’s accurate…..some are just weird lol

치다

to hit

‘noun’ 치다

피아노

piano

드럼

drum

기타

guitar

심벌즈

symbols

실로폰

xylophone

베이스

bass guitar

이렉기타

electric guitar

켜다

to light up, turn on

‘noun’ 켜다

Used for instruments that you use a bow with

바이올린

violin

첼로

cello

하프

harp

비올라

viola

불다

to blow

‘noun’ 불다

~

Note: when using this in adjective form (eg. Hannah the saxophone player) 불다 takes the form of ‘부는’, not 불는.

~

색소폰

Saxophone

피리

piri

A Korean instrument made of bamboo that is similar to, but more mellow than an oboe.

리코더

recorder

프릇

flute

오보

oboe

트런본

trombone

트럼펫

trumpet

호른

french horn

클라리넷

clarinet

~ Hannah

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