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TOP 5 CELTIC INSTRUMENTS

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Celtic Instruments are known as the instruments used in traditional music that originates from the countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The people who live in these locations are known as Celts, which is how their music is known as Celtic music. Celtic music is best described as a type of folk music with a distinctive music and lyrics.

Top 5 Celtic Instruments

Fiddle

Basically there is no much difference between fiddle and the violin. Fiddle is contextual / informal name of violin. Difference is seen only in the way it is played, playing violin gives loosely defined sounds whereas fiddling is a way to play when we are on a happy environment. Other than that fiddle is just the same wooden String Instruments that of a violin in the Violin Family. Most fiddles have a hollow wooden body and is most commonly played by drawing a bow across its strings. Fiddle/ Violin is considered to be one of the most important instruments in a wide variety of genres of the music. Violin is the world’s 1st toughest instruments to play, since it requires some solid procedures to even handle and play it. It’s a musically versatile instrument, where position is everything for it sound good. Holding it in a right way is quite tiring as we have hold it up with arms wide stretched, when we are changing the notes we need to position the fingers perfectly without the help of the frets and the position and the pressure of the bow on strings has to be just as perfect, being even slightly off with any of these components can lead to a huge shift/ change in tone and performance.

Bagpipes

Bagpipes are interesting instruments of two or more single- or double-reed pipes, fed from a constant reservoir of air in the form of a bag. The pipes are held in wooden stocks or sockets tied into the bag, which is inflated either by blowing through a blowpipe with a leather non return valve or by bellows strapped to the body. Although it’s cumbersome and bulky, it is portable by design and that’s makes it more special. Bagpipes are 3rd toughest instrument to play. In order to play this instrument, it needs persistence and strength. Whereas blowing into the instruments and squeezing the bag accordingly gets you the desired sound. When it’s quite likely when you’re marching bagpipe require a constant stimulation in order to continue producing sound. Though the Scottish Great Highland bagpipes are the best known in the Anglophone world, bagpipes have been played for a millennium or more throughout large parts of Europe, northern Africa, and western Asia, including Turkey, the Caucasus, and around the Persian Gulf.

Harp

A stringed musical instrument that has a number of individual strings running at an angle to its soundboard the strings are plucked with the fingers. When a string is plucked, it vibrates until its energy is depleted. As the string vibrates, it causes the air around it to move. The soundboard acts as a wall and causes a mass of air to move and translate the massive waves of sound pressure into the beautiful sounds of the instrument. Harps have been known since antiquity in Asia, Africa and Europe, dating back at least as early as 3500 BC. The instrument was pretty familiar in Europe during ‘Middle ages and Renaissance’. It ranks 4th place among the list of world’s toughest instruments to play. It has been always recognized for it’s majestic as well as the beautiful sounds while it’s played. It may look simple enough to play for the untrained eyes but plucking the strings of it accordingly to the music theory behind it is very demanding. There are many forms of harps that also include pedals to sharpen and flatten the note, which further increases the difficulty in playing them. Multiple rows or columns of the strings make it very difficult to cope up with the flow.

Accordion

Accordion is a box shaped instrument, which incorporates three identical mechanism to play it generally. It has a keyboard, set of buttons to control bass notes and the layered bellows attached in between them in order to compress and expand, which allows air to flow through it and thus results in soft and melodious sound. Accordions majorly used in the genres like Jazz, Folk, World, etc. This instrument is widely spread across the world, Many conservatories in Europe have classical accordion departments. The oldest name for this group of instruments is harmonika, from the Greek harmonikos, meaning "harmonic, musical". Today, native versions of the name accordion are more common. Decent accordions cost $400-$800.

Flute

A woodwind group of instrument, a reed-less wind or an aerophone instrument which produces the sound when the air is blown through it. Flutes are the earliest extant musical instruments, as paleolithic instruments with hand-bored holes have been found. These flutes demonstrate that a developed musical tradition existed from the earliest period of modern human presence in Europe. The kind in use today is mainly the 'simple-system' flute with six holes and up to eight keys. This became popular in Ireland during the nineteenth century, when classical musicians were abandoning them for the new Boehm-system flute. Modern traditional flutes are usually copies of these early instruments, and almost always made of wood. Their cylindrical bore and wooden construction give a hollow, airy tone, softer than the classical flutes and much smoother than the tin whistle.

     

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