The igil, the ipu, the Irish uillean, the Irish bouzouki, the ichigenkin, the inci, the iya, the itotele, and the istarski mih are all musical instruments that start with the letter “I.” The instruments come from all over the world, including Cuba, Ireland, Croatia, Japan, and the Philippines.
The iya, the itotele, and the ipu are all drums. Iya and itotele drums are two of the three pieces that make up a bata drum set. This set is often used in Cuban music. The ipu is a handheld gourd instrument from Hawaii.
There are strings on the ichigenkin, the igil, and the Irish bouzouki. Both the Japanese ichigenkin and the Irish bouzouki are played with a finger pick. The igil is played with a horsehair bow and comes from the Tuva region of Russia. The inci is a flute, and the Uillean from Ireland and the istarski mih from Croatia are both types of bagpipes.