Musical Instruments

Musical Instruments – Facts That Will Amaze you!

We all love to learn musical instruments, so much as we love listening to music. As we learn to master the techniques, we come across various facts about the musical instruments. Some facts that we gather will be quite interesting, as we would have never imagined why a specific instrument had such a history.

Let me bring you some interesting facts about musical instruments that I came across lately. Please scroll down as you get to the amusement part.

Musical Instruments – Violoncello And What it is?

They originally called cello as Violoncello, where Violoncello means ‘Little bigger than Viola’. This is because Viola was also one of the musical instruments that were popular. They found Cello to be slighter bigger comparatively. Thence, it was earlier known as Violoncello.

Later on, ‘cello was used to refer to signify it’s the shortest form of Violoncello. Finally, Cello became the most widely used among the people.

Gravity Blast

Most of the drumming aspirants know this term very well. Yes, Gravity blast or Gravity roll! What it is?

This is a drumming technique where the drummer uses only one stick. He would place the stick at the rim end of the drum and push it up and down forcefully like a teeter. Rarely we see the drummers performing on stage, but Gravity Blast is an important technique.

Mughal Sitar – Musical Instruments

Sitar is an instrument known to have been inherited from the Mughal Empire. They derive sitar from ‘Seh’ which means three and ‘tar’ refers to strings from Persian. Hence sitar is a miniature version of Veena with 3 strings.

But in the modern world, we can even buy sitars with 21 strings. They call the plectrum that is used to play sitar as Mezrab.

The Scarecrow

Xylophones are so popular in Senegal, as they were playing during most of the ceremonies. Choir comprising girls and boys shown great interest in playing Xylophone.

But rarely we knew the fact that Xylophones were, in fact, used as Scarecrow to ward away monkeys and birds. Interesting, is it?

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Violin -Is It A Fiddle?

None of us would have crossed our childhood without the song ‘Hey, diddle, diddle, the cat and the fiddle’. This is where Fiddle became so famous and also raised as a confusing term. Because many believed Fiddle is the same as Violin as they both look similar. Are they really the same? Yes, But No!

A Violin and fiddle have the same numbered of strings, but the way they are used to composing tunes is different. Violin is a classical instrument used to play Orchestra and symphonies, whereas they use Fiddle for the county, bluegrass, and folk music.

Piano – The Complex Of All Musical Instruments

Many Pianists and worldwide musicians have expressed their views on Piano’s complexity. We compare a Piano to a human structure as like how a human body is built up of various parts; it comprises 7500 unique parts within.

If any of those parts are not fully functional, the entire tune could go wrong.

One Who Plays The Flute

How do you call a musician who plays the flute? Flutist or Flautist or Fluter?

Well, Fluter is totally wrong, so please ensure you never use that term. But we can call him a Flutist or a Flautist. Still, As per the Latin dictionary, Flautist is a word that possesses a negative connotation meaning mocking. Flutist is most popularly used in that region.

Hope these facts about Musical Instruments are useful for your learning!


3 thoughts on “Musical Instruments – Facts That Will Amaze you!

  1. I know a slightly different etymology for “violoncello,” bringing in the various Italian suffixes. You’re right in that it started from the word “viola” or “viole.” The suffix “-one” means “big”: thus, “tortelloni” are the big pasta pockets (not “tortellini,” the little ones). So “violone” was a big viol. Then “-cello” is a diminutive, giving its noun a “smaller” quality. Thus, “violoncello” is literally a “little big viol”!

    You differentiate “violin” and “fiddle” stylistically, but it sounds like they’re still the same instrument.

    Fascinating that “flautist” is considered to carry a mocking connotation. And you say that’s from the Latin somehow? (I always prefer “flutist,” myself, anyway. But now I’m curious.)

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