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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Malý gadget rozbije internet so zručnosťami

Malý gadget rozbije internet so zručnosťami

Fidget spinners sú jedným z najnovších crazes, čo znižuje stres a úzkosť. Mohli by vám pomôcť zostať zameraný a vyhnúť sa impulzívnym rozhodnutiam. Firmy a jednotlivci stále prichádzajú s novými nápadmi pre tieto gizmos, zatiaľ čo školy sa zbláznia a snažia sa ich zakázať ako konečný rozptyl. Ich podozrenie na rozptyľovanie je s najväčšou pravdepodobnosťou nesprávne umiestnené. Niektorí používatelia skutočne našli túto malú hračku, ktorá je veľmi užitočná pri riešení…

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Vaimo löytää järkyttävän tiedon anoppinsa puhelimesta

Vaimo löytää järkyttävän tiedon anoppinsa puhelimesta

Pauline oli rakastava ja omistautunut vaimo ja hänen miehensä rakasti häntä suuresti. Hän kuitenkin sanoo, että anopia oli toinen tarina. Kun olet lukenut tekstiviestin matkapuhelimistaan, heidän suhteensa muuttui. Kaikki alkoi sinä päivänä, jolloin Pauline tapasi miehensä Simon, konferenssissa. Pari napsahti heti. Suhde kehittyi siihen pisteeseen, että Simon halusi esitellä uuden tyttöystävänsä perheelleen. Kaikki olivat iloisia Pauline, paitsi Simonin äiti. Hän ei vain voinut käsitellä hänen persoonallisuuttaan. Äidin silmissä kukaan ei…

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Strings of the Violin

Strings of the Violin

Photo credit It’s widely believed that the Italian luthier Andrea Amati created the modern violin family around the year 1555, although bowed stringed instruments were invented long before this date. For this reason, it can be helpful to think of the violin as an instrument that has evolved over time, rather than as a perfected product that was instantaneously invented. While there are records of stringed instruments existing in Europe…

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Origins of the Bagpipes

Origins of the Bagpipes

Photo credit Bagpipes existed in many forms in many places around the world. In each country the basic instrument was the same, a bag with a chanter and one or more drones. Some of these were mouth blown while others used a bellows attachment to supply the air. The bag provided a sustained tone while the musician took a breath and allowed several tones to be played at once. Bagpipes…

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It’s all about the Double Bass

It’s all about the Double Bass

Photo credit Forerunners of today’s double bass, which arose in Germany at the end of the 16th century originated in the family of the violas da gamba (picture left). At first glance violas da gamba resemble violins but they differ in some of their most important features. Gambas are also bowed but are kept between one’s knees while being played. This is why they are also called knee violins. The…

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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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