The Evolution of Musical Instruments

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Evolution of Musical Instruments
Music, the concept is something almost instinctually recognized. Rhythm, is it appropriated from our culture, or is it something innately recognized between living beings? From beating on walls to humming tunes, making music is something we are almost all capable of doing. But over time we have evolved our way of procuring these sounds, these vibrational patterns, and it has helped us evolve the actual concept of music to newer and grander concepts. To better understand this, I have drawn up the following timeline, demonstrating the evolution of musical instruments.

• ??? Our first musical instruments were natural our lungs. Dating back to the beginning of human history
• 45,000 years ago Neanderthals carve a flute from the leg bone of a young bear, in the region that is now Slovenia
• 8000 BC Aborigines develop first Didgeridoo
• 4000 BC Harps and flutes played in Egypt
• 3500 BC Lyres and Double Clarinets played in Egypt
• 3000 BC Chinese court musician cut first bamboo pipes
• 2800 BC The harp and the lyre are in use as musical instruments in Mesopotamia
• 2000 BC Percussion instruments added to Egyptian orchestral music including Bells
• 1500 BC A copper trumpet is in use in Egypt, forerunner of the brass instruments of the orchestra
• 1500 BC Hittites use guitars, lyres, trumpets, and tambourines in music
• 1000 BC Bagpipes first used
• 800 BC Five tone and Seven tone scales appear in Babylon
• 800 BC Earliest known written music. A hymn on a tablet in Sumeria, written in cuniform
• 700 BC Seven string lyre introduced
• 600 BC The followers of Pythagoras discover the mathematical basis of the octave
• 600 BC Indian Vina appears, two hollow gourds connected by strings and bamboo reed. Considered the precursor to all hollow instruments.
• 500 BC Typical Greek instruments Aulos,…...

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