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Early bone flutes, about 60,000 BC

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHy9FOblt7Y

 

Rock gong, at least 7000 BC

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3kr1D5-GW44

 

African drumming from about 3000 BC or earlier

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q0MiMs1Hp-o

 

Playing a shofar – a ram’s horn

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKQrBURDtQE

 

Greek aulos about 700 BC. These have reeds like a modern clarinet. They’re being played earlier, in the Bronze Age, and all across Asia – in China by the Shang Dynasty, 1800 BC.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=14&v=Ik8cS_60aSI

 

Egyptian bronze trumpets about 1300 BC (King Tut)

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt9AyV3hnlc

 

One string :a diddley bow. Earliest stringed instruments are probably the bow of a bow and arrow, with one string, like this one.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a8Ic3j7f5GU&t=158s

 

Stringed instrument: a lyre. First known from Sumeria, Mesopotamia, about 3000 BC. So instruments with multiple strings may be originally from West Asia. Later on, by the time of King Tut in the New Kingdom, they were playing lyres in Egypt, too.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R1f29rtaRYk

 

Indian sitar: stringed instruments soon made their way east to India too

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xB_X9BOAOU

 

 

Chinese stringed qin – and then to China.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgpRSexjUeI

 

Chinese bowed erhu. In Central Asia, about 900 AD. Combining two bows – one playing the other.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhic2cE57iM

 

Medieval European violin, from about the 1300s AD

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPKhBkLgFLk

 

African ngoni: a stringed instrument but not with a bow. The ancestor of the banjo.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=63&v=9rDQYImnzwU

 

African kalimba, around 700 AD.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=64VPieeGgd4

 

The oldest playable organ in the world, from the 1400s AD. But they exist from the 100s AD, in West Asia and Eastern Europe. These are the first keyboard instruments. They’re wind instruments with pipes, and they work using a kind of bellows – remember we had the pumpkin bellows?

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxwZTfILJDA&list=RDN0rTZ3WMWg4&index=14

 

By | 2018-04-11T19:10:10+00:00 April 11th, 2018|History|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Early music videos. Quatr.us Study Guides, April 11, 2018. Web. April 20, 2018.

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Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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