Being On Stage - The Evolution of Music
Since the beginning of mankind, music has been very much a part of our lives. The ability to beat out a simple sound on drums or to whistle a tune, hum or sing has brought a sense of enjoyment to people all around the world for many thousands of years. The fact that this one simple delight can be found in its various forms in virtually every national group and corner of the globe is an indication of how far-reaching the effects of music really are.
Over the years, music has changed continually to cater to the needs of ever increasing and evolving audiences. It most likely started with simple humming and singing, with early peoples creating simple melodies with the sounds they could created with their voices. Before long, however, a whole range of musical instruments had been created. From the simple sounds of the drums to the more advanced early wind and string instruments, music was starting to influence the culture of people across the world - as well as carve out a history and culture of its own.
Perhaps the instruments that are most well known today began life around the medieval era. Basic instruments such as the lute, the flute and the drums were becoming popular. This was also around the first time that attempts to write down the notes used to create music were made. Early notes where called neumes and denoted only the pitch or note that was to be sung. In the 12 and 13th centuries, notation for rhythm came into existence as well.
It wasn't long before musical instruments began to get more complicated. The harpsichord and mandolin were popular, soon to be replaced by the piano and guitar. With the arrival of the age of electronics, the keyboard and the electric guitar became trendy. Ways to record and play sound changed the way that music was enjoyed and made it more accessible to millions. Thus the joy of music spread and grew until it became the all so familiar sounds that we know today.