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Musical Instruments

New Practices Reinvent Traditions in Bow Music

The Conversation Africa | Posted 03.14.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

Cara Stacey, University of Cape Town It is largely a story of cultural demise and death. Yet the current tale of musical bow instruments is only part...

To the Girl at the Bus Stop

Elaine Ambrose | Posted 02.10.2016 | Fifty
Elaine Ambrose

Early one morning I followed the blinking, grinding, lumbering school bus on its routine route to pick up students. Always the consummate people-watcher, I studied the colorful collection of gangly, boisterous pre-teens waiting at each stop. Then I saw her - the girl standing alone. She was me, fifty years ago.

Nature Ganganbaigal and His Mongolian Band Tengger Cavalry Is a Great Listen if You're Looking for a New Sound

Ilana Rapp | Posted 12.17.2015 | Arts
Ilana Rapp

I've come to the conclusion that the entire universe knows I love New York City, so when I saw the interesting band name Tengger Cavalry come up in my list of bands playing in NYC, I had to find out more. I was like, "What kind of music could a band named Tengger Cavalry play?"

When Music Restores Faith in Humanity

Nicholas Alexander Brown | Posted 06.01.2015 | Arts
Nicholas Alexander Brown

Let's face it -- the news is depressing. This is nothing new, and it isn't likely to change any time soon. Therefore, it's always refreshing to come across a story that manages to uplift, in spite of connections to difficult issues in both our past and present.

The Art of the Handcrafted Ukulele

J. Michael Welton | Posted 03.24.2015 | Arts
J. Michael Welton

They call it "Twitch." It's named for a beloved cat left behind long ago in Richmond, Va., before a seminal move to the West Coast.It's an intricately constructed, handmade ukulele, painted exquisitely in a style that defies definition.

Concert Etiquette

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 11.05.2014 | Arts
Lisa Mirza Grotts

As a former music major, classical music is emotionally overwhelming for me. So naturally my experience is spoiled when a performance is interrupted by a cell phone ringing or someone unwrapping candy.

Unusual Musical Instruments at the Wedding Are a Sweet Surprise

Tricia Spencer | Posted 07.13.2014 | Weddings
Tricia Spencer

With wedding music it is entirely possible to have your musical cake and eat it, too. Instead of choosing a different song, simply change the instrumentation.

This Man Without Hands Plays The Piano And Reminds Us All We Can Accomplish Anything

The Huffington Post | Melissa McGlensey | Posted 04.30.2014 | Good News

When a man with no hands creates beautiful music on a piano, we're forced to pause and rethink the seemingly insurmountable challenges in our own live...

How Music Transformed the Worst Guy in School: Me

Rob Corbett | Posted 05.31.2014 | Entertainment
Rob Corbett

On the outside, I kept grinning my way through high-level Hollywood meetings and parties, but on the inside, I felt like Munch's painting "The Scream."

Musical Instruments: The Transformative Power of Bridge Building

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz | Posted 03.17.2014 | Arts
Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Musical instruments can be used spiritually to celebrate, to build community, to connect to G-d, and to express one's deepest yearnings. Through music one can experience deep religious transformation.

WATCH: These Animals Playing Instruments Are Pretty Impressive

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 09.06.2013 | Good News

Roll over Beethoven -- there are new musical prodigies in town! Animals everywhere are learning their scales and arpeggios and getting down to the bea...

Listen, The Kazookeylele Makes Any Song Better

The Huffington Post | Sarah Barness | Posted 08.30.2013 | Comedy

If you didn't know what a kazookeylele was before (we sure didn't!), prepare to have your mind blown. OK, now let's get real: Did anyone know what a k...

LOOK: 3D Printer Turns Human Bodies Into Musical Instruments

Posted 07.25.2013 | Arts

Ph.D researchers Joseph Malloch and Ian Hattwick from McGill University have created 3D-printed wearable musical instruments. The prosthetic digital i...

Ever Heard Ludacris On The Flute?

Posted 07.17.2013 | Comedy

If you love music and puns, check out these musical puns courtesy of CDZA. How about a little Trombone Thugs-n-Harmony or KC & Banjo-Jo? Via Pleate...

The Sensual Viola: The Hunt Begins

Masumi Per Rostad | Posted 05.28.2013 | Arts
Masumi Per Rostad

I must be crazy. I know that I have a great fiddle but, somehow, 11 years later, I also know that this isn't my final instrument. I am looking for my own beautiful Guad like Bernie still dreams about. I am looking for my final viola...

Jam On! The Many Benefits Of Playing An Instrument

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 12.14.2012 | Healthy Living
Frank Fitzpatrick

I find playing music to be one of my strongest personal therapies, not only from the state of being I can achieve while playing, but also from the energetic balancing and mood-enhancing effect on my mind, body and spirit throughout the day.

WATCH: The Incredible Mexican Coca Cola Trumpet

Posted 11.06.2011 | Comedy

The traditional mariachi band includes a guitarrón, a vihuela, a guitar, violins, and trumpets, but sometimes you just have to make due. Introduci...

Target the Market (of the Spirit and the Soul)

Freddie Gershon | Posted 08.15.2011 | Arts
Freddie Gershon

If you're a teacher and have a class and they want to see the world, feel the world and hear the world as it existed and as it currently exists, take them to the Musical Instruments Museum.

WATCH: Music Student Turns Vacant High School Into Instrument

Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts

When it comes to creation, there is never really a right time or place; what it takes is initiative. Music student Ben Meyers proves this with his im...

HuffPost's Greatest Person of the Day: Ian Felton, Founder of Marching Mountains

The Huffington Post | Dominique Fenton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Every day on HuffPost, we're highlighting one 'Greatest Person'- an exceptional individual who is confronting the country's economic and political cri...

The Brooklyn Steppers March Forward, Giving to the Community and Gaining in the Process

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

In high school I had been manager of our marching band in Ohio. It was a grueling task, but rewarding to see my friends play and march so well. The ...