Tuesday, April 22, 2008


What blog on non-western instruments can be complete without discussion of the Hebrew shofar?  The shofar, similar to the previously mentioned Kudu, is made from the horn of the Ibex it is still in use as part of Jewish ceremonies.  Although it is on the fringe of Western culture, it is still exotic religious enough to most Americans that I thought it should have some mention here.  There are many versions of the instrument of different sizes and designs is use today(many now have finger holes), but the original instrument was the unaltered horn of the Ibex.  You can read more about them here.