One of the best things about music is that it is only the intentional manipulation of sound to make noise that some might consider musical. From that point of view, anything can be a musical instrument, and people from all points in history have figured out innovative ways to take ‘anything’ and make something capable of producing beautiful sounds.
The earliest known musical instrument was found in Slovenia; a simple bone flute estimated to be up to 67’000 years old, suggesting that humans have been musical creatures since long before the beginning of recorded history.
Musical instruments differ in the way that you make sound with them. Drums and other percussion instruments are struck, either by hand or with a mallet. Stringed instruments such as violins and guitar can be bowed, fingerpicked, or plucked with a pick, and brass and woodwind instruments utilize the breath of the player.
Learning to play a musical instrument is like picking up the worlds most dynamic toy. There is, quite literally, an infinite number of ways to play any instrument, so if you’re looking for a way to fill your time and spark your creative brain, consider learning an instrument. There are many free resources on the internet to help beginning musicians learn the ropes, but remember, the most important thing about music is to play it because you enjoy it.
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