3 famous instruments you didn’t know were British

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British folk music has passed through tradition all over Europe. These traditional instruments include the Flute, Violin, and Guitar. Check out these three famous instruments you didn’t know were British.

Flute

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Originating in Ireland, the flute is an aerophone instrument that produces sound based on air flow over the opening. A small wooden flute, also known as the fife, has appeared in traditional folk music. They are the earliest form of a musical instrument as flutes have been used for more than 35,000 years. Since then, Flutes can be found everywhere from China, Spain, Germany, Japan, India and more.

Violin

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Originating in Scotland, the violin is a small, high-pitched wooden instrument. This instrument uses a drawing bow to play across the strings. Violins are known for their use in jazz, rock music, and country music. The violin is played all over the world as its present form emerged during the early 15th century in Italy.

Guitar

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Originating in England, the Guitar is classified as a string instrument that usually has six strings but may contain anywhere from four to sixteen strings. The guitar is often played with plucking or strumming the instrument. Guitars are traditionally constructed with the use of wood with nylon or steel strings. Guitars are used in musical genres such as the blues, flamenco, jazz, mariachi, reggae, soul, and more.

What other British instruments do you know of?

Which instruments should you learn to play as a kid?

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Did you know, research tells us that children are actually able to hear music while still in the womb? While we can’t expect our kids to play a musical instrument at the age of 6 months, we can, however, introduce them to the love of music.

Age 5 +

For children ages 5 and above, the best way to start their passion for music is to take a violin or piano lesson. Most teachers at this stage are often creative as musical activities such as crafts and games are involved.

Piano lessons are often the easiest for younger children as piano makes a great foundation for children to understand the basics of music concepts such as the notes, music alphabet and the location of the keys.

If they aren’t interested in the piano, the violin is also a great foundation.

Ages 7+

For children at the age of 7, musical instruments such as the guitar, drums, cello and other string-type instruments are great. Children who grow up with the concepts of musical notes will find it easier to transition between multiple instruments.

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Ages 10+

Most schools provide musical lessons and classes that give children the opportunity to join a band or play in an orchestra. While this is a great opportunity for children to become socially involved in music, most children require special music attention or they might become discouraged.

Allow children to play the instruments that interest them. Let your child be the guide in choosing which instruments to play. For children who like to be the star of the show, the flute is a great instrument as flutists are often in front of the band. Other instruments to try for extroverts are the trumpet and saxophone.

What instruments have you played as a kid?

The 4 most expensive instruments ever sold at auction

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Ever wondered what the most expensive instrument in the world is? In this guide, we’ll give you a better insight on what instruments were the most expensive ever to be sold.

Here are the four most expensive instruments ever sold at auction.

Violin: The Kreutzer Stradivarius – $1.58 million

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The Kreutzer Stradivarius was named after Rodolph Kreutzer, a famous French violinist that has composed his Sonata no.9 with Beethoven. The instrument was included in the collection of heiress Huguette Clark. The instrument has an estimated value of $7.5 million.

Violin: The Lady Tennant Stradivarius – $2.03 million

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A year before the “golden age,” Italian luthier Antonio Stradivari designed the Lady Tennant. The Lady Tennant was once owned by world-renowned 19th-century violinist, Charles Philippe Lafont. After his passing, the violin was placed under the possession of W.E. Hill & Sons, a violin dealer in London. The violin was then sold to Charles Clow Tennant, a Scottish business person who purchased the violin as a gift to his wife, an amateur violinist.

The Lady Tennant was eventually sold again on April 22, 2005, for more than $2 million in New York where it was given as loan to Yang Liu and Yossif Ivanov.

Piano: Steinway upright model Z – $2.64 million

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Previously owned by John Lennon, the Steinway upright model Z was used to write Lennon’s 1970’s hit “Imagine.” The piano was purchased from George Michael for almost $3 million. The Steinway Model Z was previously on load at the Beatles Story Museum before it was put up for auction. George Michael stated that the piano shouldn’t be hidden in storage but rather seen by people.

Violin: The Christian Hammer Stradivarius – $3.54 million

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On May 16, 2006, the Christian Hammer was sold to an anonymous bidder for $3.54 million with an estimated pre-auction value of US $2.5 million. The Christian Hammer Stradivarius is an antique violin that was designed by Italian maker, Antonio Stradivari in 1707. Dating from 1707 was the golden period of Stradivari.

The violin itself was named after Christian Hammer, the 19th-century Swedish collector. The violin was used on loan for twelve years to a famous violinist, Kyoko Takezawa.