Japanese musicians can be a little hard to come by, but you don’t have to be a musician to enjoy their music.
If you want a Japanese-style baroque instrument, you’ve come to the right place.
Here are 10 instruments that are uniquely Japanese in style.1.
Yoko, by Shigeki Ohmura (1897-1964)In the late 19th century, a young Japanese composer named Yoko Taro came up with the idea of using an old Japanese instrument called the “Kazoku,” which was also used in the classical and folk music world.
The name refers to the shape of the instrument.
In Japanese, the word “ko” means a curved piece of wood.2.
Jumbo guitar, by Charles W. Hays (1864-1946)In 1930, Hays published his book The Complete Guitar, a collection of lessons on how to play guitar.
It was his first attempt at a “guitar encyclopedia.”3.
Ukulele, by Hans Christian Andersen (1866-1941)The “Kagura” (pronounced kag-lah) is an instrument in the traditional Japanese folk music tradition.
The instrument is similar to a harp or a stringed instrument.
Its name comes from the Japanese word “ka” (meaning “to be”) which means “the string.”4.
Viola, by George Sand (1874-1955)In 1889, George Sand wrote the best-selling book “Sand and Roses,” in which he recorded the story of a young boy named Peter, who was sent by his father to live in a forest where he would play the “sand violin” with a small wooden bow.5.
Tuba, by Yoko Kanno (1898-1940)In 1888, Yoko was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Her first book, “Yoko Kondo” (The Girl with the Tuba), won the prestigious prize in 1904.6.
Sitar, by Akira Suzuki (1914-2005)The Sitar is one of the oldest instruments in the world.
Its first appearance was in 1783 by Japanese musician Masayuki Saitou, who played it with a bamboo trombone.
Its most famous incarnation, though, was in the 1930s when Takashi Takeuchi, a Japanese rock musician, recorded his version of the song “I Want to Break Your Heart.”7.
Bassoon, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1814-1883)Mozart was an early Mozart admirer, and his bassoon was a favorite instrument of his, playing it for the first time on his first piano performance in 1815.8.
Bongo drum, by John Coltrane (1911-2013)The first drummer in rock history, Coltranes music has been widely popular since he began playing with the Grateful Dead in 1971.
The bassoon, which was a popular instrument during his time, became an essential instrument for many musicians.9.
Trombone, by Igor Stravinsky (1870-1957)In 1844, Igor Strayer founded the Russian-born Stravinski Quartet, and he was considered one of Russia’s greatest composers.
In 1853, he published his masterpiece “The Rite of Spring,” in response to the French Revolution.10.
Piano, by Franz Liszt (1891-1967)The pianist was a genius at music, and Liszts piano is one that is still being used today.
It is the oldest piano in the Western world, dating back to the 14th century.11.
Electric guitar, By Jack White (1969-2012)The Electric Guitar has been a popular guitar for decades, and in its heyday was played by artists from Elvis Presley to Lady Gaga.
It has also been popular in recent years with musicians from Metallica to Ariana Grande.12.
Brass, by Pierre Boulez (1910-1951)Boulez was a French violinist who played on the violin of his childhood idol, Gustav Mahler.
The violin was used for years in French orchestras before its disappearance in the mid-19th century due to mechanical problems.13.
Piano concerto, by Johann Sebastian Bach (1845-1917)The piano concerto is a series of piano pieces that were played by Bach and other composers between the ages of 14 and 35.14.
Tambourine, by Vivaldi (1810-1894)The Tamburini was an instrument first used by Giuseppe Verdi in the late 1800s.
It first became popular in Italy in the early 20th century when it was used in classical concerts by the Italian composer Giuseppina Lazzari.
It’s known as a “hail Mary” sound.15.
Jazz guitar, Jody