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New York City Guitar School Sounds Out the Past and Future Instruments

March 30, 2015 - Musical instruments

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Musical Time Travel, With New York City Guitar School

At Hey Joe Guitar, we live in the present. We don’t spend much time dwelling over the past, but we do sometimes look back at certain aspects of history, especially those pertaining to music.

By the same token, we often wonder what the future holds. We don’t have a crystal ball, of course, but we are curious about what new music-related developments are ahead.

We thought this would be a good opportunity to explore the past and future world of musical instruments – the ones that no longer exist and those that haven’t been popularized yet.

So come on board our time machine and let’s go for a ride!

It’s history!

A great number of instruments invented in centuries past are still in use today, even though they had been modified and modernized in the meantime. However, some are no longer in existence.

Obviously, we can’t mention all of them here and now, but let’s have a quick look at some musical relics of the past:

  • Besides the lyre, ancient Greeks also played and listened to the cithara, aulos, and hydraulis – string, reed, and keyboard instruments respectively.
  • The Mayans played the trumpet-like hom-tah , which was made of wood, clay, or gourd.
    Its built and deep sound was similar to the didgeridoo used by indigenous Australians.
  • The medieval precursor of the oboe, the shawm , was made in Europe from the late 13th until the 17th century. With its loud and shrill tone, it was used by military bands during the Crusades. During the same era, there was also the pear-shaped string instrument called the rebec , as well as the psaltery , a cross between the harp and guitar.
  • An instrument that did not survive the Baroque period in its present form was the lautenwerck keyboard, a combination of the lute and harpsichord. One of Johann Sebastian Bach’s favorite instruments, it emitted a smooth and mellow tone.

As we said, it is impossible to cover all the extinct instruments here, but at least you have a quick overview of some of them.

Looking ahead…

Obviously, we cannot predict the future – musical or otherwise. (As Doris Day famously sang: “Whatever will be, will be. The future’s not ours to see.”)

However, this article is giving us a glimpse into what instruments might be developed.

Among them are some truly imaginative ones, like GEPS, a “data glove” that lets the wearer create electronic music with hand gestures; the tine organ; and even something as unusual as the sponge.

Of course, all these (and other) instruments are bound to create new sounds, or at least change the ones we are used to hearing. What will the music of the future sound like? Again, we can only guess, but perhaps this video will provide some answers.

Here and now

We have some great and not-so-great news. Let’s start with the latter: as talented as our teachers are, they cannot give you lessons in instruments that no longer exist or those that haven’t been manufactured yet.

Now for the great news: if an instrument has already been invented and is in use – like the guitar, piano, drums, and many others – you came to the right place. We offer lessons in a wide variety of string, woodwind, brass, and percussion instruments, and give voice training as well.

Just contact us and we’ll send a terrific teacher to your Manhattan, Brooklyn, or Riverdale home or office.

Isn’t it wonderful to be living in the present?

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