2. Original Instruments
For the past several thousand years, every culture on every continent has had two instruments in common a drum, and a side-blown or transverse flute.
It is suggested by many music historians that these two types of instrument were so prevalent because they are fundamental instruments they are operated without mouthpiece or reed, strings or bow. A drum can be made to sound with the strike of a hand, a stick or a rock, and the production of a basic sound on a transverse flute requires such rudimentary skills that they can quickly be grasped by even the youngest of children. The first flutes were fashioned from hollowed-out pieces of wood, bamboo, or even animal bone, and mouth and finger holes were drilled through indeed the flute of the baroque and classical periods of 18th & 19th Century Western music were constructed and played in much the same way as the flute of the 13th Century - all a far cry from the delicate and complicated piece of light engineering that we know today as the modern Boehm flute.