History of the Accordian

History of the Accordian

Photo credit Around the year 3000 B.C. Emperor Ti, is said to have sent the noted scholar Ling Lun to the western mountain regions of his domain to find a way to reproduce the song of the phoenix bird. Ling returned with the cheng (or sheng), and captured music for mankind, taking the first step toward the genesis of the accordion. The cheng is in fact the first known instrument…

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Getting to know the Saxophone

Getting to know the Saxophone

Photo credit First developed in the mid-1800s by Adolphe Sax, the saxophone is a single reed, woodwind instrument. It is composed of a mouthpiece, conical metal tube, and finger keys. Sound is produced when air is blown through the instrument causing the reed to vibrate. This sound is amplified as it travels through the instrument’s main body. Saxophones consist of numerous parts and pieces which are made separately and then…

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Flirting with the Flute

Flirting with the Flute

Photo credit A flute is a musical instrument that produces sound when a stream of air is directed against the edge of a hole, causing the air within the body of the instrument to vibrate. Most flutes are tubular, but some are globular or other shapes. Some flutes are played by blowing air into a mouthpiece, which directs the air against the edge of a hole elsewhere in the flute….

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Development of the Modern Piano

Development of the Modern Piano

Photo credit As a concert instrument and the primary musical instrument in private homes, the piano enjoys a long and colorful history as an important source of inspiration and pleasure for both professional and amateur musicians and it is arguably the most popular musical instrument in the world. Its history is in itself the history of culture. The two oldest, still preserved, pianofortes were made by Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731). The…

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Classical Guitars date back to 1800BC

Classical Guitars date back to 1800BC

Photo credit The history of the classical guitar starts much earlier than one might expect. In the old East, 1900-1800 BC. In excavations of Babylon, clay tablets have been found with musical illustrations, nude figures with large rotund bodies and extended necks play stringed instruments. In Roman times instruments not dissimilar to the modern guitar were made of wood and strings, on their surface 5 groups of holes can be…

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Blowing Your Trumpet

Blowing Your Trumpet

Photo credit The trumpeter produces sound from the trumpet by buzzing his or her, lips. That said, it is in fact the metallic mouthpiece that produces the sound. There are various different mouthpiece shapes-a mouthpiece with a deep cup will produce a mellower sound, while a mouthpiece with a shallower cup will produce a bright, piercing sound. Mouthpieces are made of brass or silver (among other materials), and trumpeters choose…

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Birth of the Bassoon

Birth of the Bassoon

Photo credit Using a double reed, the bassoon is a woodwind instrument that produces sound in a low range, and has a distinctive shape, with a long tube that looks as though it has been folded in two. The musical instruments that could be described as ancestors of the bassoon were developed in the 16th century, and include the shawm, the rankett, and the dulcian (or curtal). All of these…

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