Musical instruments are the tools used to make music; due to differences in musical instruments, similar musical ideas can sound different. Some acoustic instruments, such as drums and flutes, have existed since prehistoric times, but in the last few hundred years the number of instruments has grown to a multitude, and they have been supplemented by a variety of electronic instruments since the 19th century. This travel topic mentions destinations related to musical instruments.
There are few instruments that, in various forms, have existed in various forms and seem to be international: forms of the flute, harp, guitar, and drums all have long histories as instruments, and appear under other names in ancient works like the Bible. However, it was not until after the middle ages that musical instruments began to improve rapidly, along with the evolution of classical music during that era, and grew even more with the rise of marching bands and, not too long after, jazz music, which saw the range of sounds in musical instruments become very wide, and even saw musicians invent different sounds and techniques that could increase the range of an instrument.
This instrument is popular for large bands, where several trombonists can add depth to the overall sound.
Flute is one of the most ancient instruments, with flutes made of bone having been found in digs well into prehistory. Today, instruments of the flute/recorder family are widespread and found in many varieties around the world.
- China is one country where traditional flutes (dizi) are for sale. As with anything else there, be careful about quality, as wooden flutes can crack, for example.
This instrument was originally used in marching bands but has since become one of the most important musical instruments in jazz largely due to some tenor saxophonists in swing music, alto saxophonist Charlie Parker in bebop, John Coltrane in modal music, and figures like Stanley Turrentine in the bluesier elements of jazz.
- Cremona is where the famous maker of violins and other string instruments, Stradivari, had his workshop.
- Steinway has factories in Astoria, Queens, New York and Hamburg, Germany. You can tour these factories and also buy pianos there.
Vibraphone, xylophone, and marimba
- West African countries are great places to find drums. Brazil is also an excellent source, in that case of Afro-Brazilian percussion instruments among others.