Musical instruments have changed dramatically over the years and there are so many different types of instruments that are still played today.Many Asian and African countries still use old traditional instruments today, but you seldom see them out of their own environments. However, there are some modern instruments that are popular all over the world and we look at some of the favorites here.
The term keyboard is really talking about the electric piano, and they are really popular with modern bands as they take very little looking after and highly portable. The biggest benefit of the keyboard is that it can replicate multiple sounds due to its electronic composition. The forefather of the keyboard was the piano, and although it was invented in the 1700’s is still popular today. The piano actually consists of twelve thousand parts, of which ten thousand are moving ones.
The guitar is one of the most popular instruments of all and can accommodate between four to eighteen strings. Acoustic guitars were the originals and the sound is played either by strumming the strings or plucking them with a plectrum. In 1931 the electric guitar was invented, which differed to its classical brother by utilizing a pick-up to convert the vibration of the strings vibration into actual sounds.
Part of the percussion element of the orchestra, drums are the oldest existing form of instruments. Drums come in various sizes and shapes and can produce manydifferent sounds. Usually played by being hit by a stick or some other utensil or even the bare hands.Today the drum kit is the backbone of any modern band, and it is the drums and the bass guitar that drive the rhythm for the rest of the instruments.
Believe it or not there is actually eight different sizes of saxophone and the most popular today are the Tenor and the Alto. The most famous saxophone players have come from the world of Jazz, Cannonball Adderley, Lester Young and Stan Getz to name but three.
Still mostly used in classical environments, the violin is the smallest and most high-pitched instrument in its family. Looking at a violin you would not believe that is made from over seventy individual pieces of wood. The violin can be either played with a bow or plucked and is a really important instrument both classically and in more contemporary music. In modern music the violin is often called The Fiddle, and is associated with folk, country and traditional music. Some of the famous violin players today are: Taylor Davis, Charlie Daniels, Dsharp and Tymon Dogg. These modern instruments all have their histories deep in the past, but these instruments in particular have stood the test of time and have adapted to be played in differing types of music. Their versatility enables them to continue to be played all over the globe in a myriad of environments. They can be played in orchestral halls, and are just as happy being played at weddings or rock concerts.We all have our own favorite instrument and it is normally due to the kind of music we prefer, which one is yours?