"Esa niña toca la campana todos los días."
Translation:That girl rings the bell every day.
In English, we would distinguish between "playing" the bell and "ringing" the bell, even with the same exact bell, based upon what is done with it (or perhaps more precisely, how one interacts with it). "Playing" the bell implies using some musical skill to produce music with the bell. "Ringing" the bell does not imply using musical skill - one is merely causing the bell to ring. So, I would ring the cowbell to call my students in from recess, but I would play the cowbell for the square dance hoedown.
Does Spanish similarly distinguish with the verb used, based upon how one interacts with the bell?
No, in Spanish "tocar la campana" is the common way to say this. There are other verbs "las campanas repican" or "las campanas doblan", meaning a longer sound for a celebration or sth.
For Whom the Bell Tolls, "Por quién dobla la campana", is a novel by Ernest Hemingway published in 1940
We do not say 'all the days'. It is an idiomatic phrase to us English Speakers because an idiom is a phrase where the words together have a meaning that is different from the dictionary definitions of the individual words. And when it is translated into Spanish from English it is an idiomatic phrase to the Spanish speakers for the same reason. We just have to memorize these differences. (and sometimes Big Differences).
Right. "Everyday" is only used as an adjective (an everyday occurrence) or in casual speech as a noun following "for" (those are the clothes I wear for everyday).
It's pronounced differently from "every day": "EV'ryday" vs "EV'ry DAY", and it doesn't mean "each day", it means "usual" or "commonplace".
Is "tocar" specific to certain instruments when it is used as "to play?" For instance, would you still use "tocar" when talking about playing a trombone or clarinet? The examples I've seen so far are drums and bells, so I'm wondering if it is different for instruments in which touch is not a key part of playing, like perhaps a harmonica.