History of the Flute
Music dates all the way back to prehistoric times. It was probably first used in rituals and as a universal way to form strong bonds and communicate shared emotions.
The human voice itself was first used to make music followed by possibly drum-like instruments used to keep rhythm. The flute is the next known musical instrument.
The flute is a woodwind instrument. It produces different notes by varying air pressure across the opening and by opening or closing holes in the instruments body. The flute timbre and pitch are flexible, blending well with other instruments and can vary in tone from sweet to haunting. The flute is now widely played and can be heard in many songs. This hub is intended only to give a few examples of the earliest versions of the flute.
Flute are one of the earliest known instruments dating at least 40 thousand years ago. The first flutes were simply carved out of animal bones or wood with holes to change the intrument's pitch. The flute was enjoyed by many different cultures in some form.
One of the oldest ever discovered, though disputed, dated back to 43,000 years ago in Slovenia. It was made from the leg bone of a cave bear with only two holes carved in it. The oldest confirmed is dated 8,000 years later, is slightly more advanced piece with a V-shaped mouthpiece and five holes for different pitches. It was made from the wing bone of a vulture and found in Germany. Other flutes found near by were made from a mammoth tusk and two more made from swan bones. All these were not too far away from the oldest known human carving.
In China, examples of flutes are also found, including one made from the wing bones of a crane and playable 9,000 years later. Another early flute, dating 433 B.C. It was found in the tomb of Marquis Yi and made from lacquered bamboo. Flutes are also mentioned in Shi Jing or Book of Songs.
Reliefs from India, and Perusa and coins found show other early examples of flutes being played by people.
So why am I writing about the flute instead of another video game subject? Music enhances games. It is used to make a gamer ready to wipe the floor with their enemies or telling them when they have reached a safe area and can relax. Games can be instantly recognized by their theme songs such as Halo, Call of Duty and Final Fantasy.
I choose to write about the flute, since it is often not given the credit it deserves and without this beautiful instrument, I would not be able to share these videos. So enjoy and comment if you'd like!
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