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Percussion instrument
Other namesTrīdeksnis, trejdeksnis, trīdēkslis, trīdēksnis, strīdēkslis, trīzdeksnis, strīzdeklis, strīzdiķis, ztrīzdiķis, trideksnis, tridēksnis, trijdeksnis, trumulis, trumulītis, trumuls, trumele, trumelis, trumēliņš, čakans, čokans, čokens, čakārnis, čagana [1]
Classification Percussion instrument, idiophone
Hornbostel–Sachs classification 112.112
(Stick rattle)
Inventor(s) Folk instrument

Trīdeksnis (also known as trīdēkslis, trīdēksnis, strīdēkslis etc.) [1] is a Latvian percussion instrument. It consists of a short wooden handle running through three increasing width tiers of flat horizontal discs, with small triangular metal rattles hanging off the edges of the disks. The trīdeksnis is used by shaking it like a rattle or hitting the handle against the palm, causing metal discs to jingle. [2]

In NBC series Community, the trīdeksnis is played during a Latvian independence day parade inside a blanket fort in the episode "Conspiracy Theories and Interior Design".

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  1. 1 2 Muktupāvels, Valdis (1999). "Systematics of Latvian musical instruments" (in Latvian). Latvijas Mākslas augstskolu asociācija. pp. 62–63. Retrieved December 10, 2012. Trīdeksnis (Mazzalve Z; Ikšķile V; Embūte K), šāds nosaukums minēts arī Ulmaņa vārdnīcā, trīdēkslis (Alsunga K), trīdēksnis, strīdēkslis, trīzdeksnis, strīzdeklis, strīzdiķis (Brukna Z), ztrīzdiķis, trideksnis, tridēksnis (Nīca K), trijdeksnis (Naudīte Z).
  2. Jātniece, Amanda (July 16, 2001). "A primer on Latvian folk instruments". Latvians Online. Retrieved September 8, 2012.