The Jew’s Harp

A very nice TED-talk about an almost forgotten instrument.

It’s one of the instruments I often take along to re-enactment events; the “Mondharp” (Dutch: mouth-harp), better known as “Jew’s Harp”.

The name has nothing to do with Hebrew roots, but is a variation on the word jaw…

These instruments have been found in large quantities and many varieties at excavations throughout all of Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

Although people often regard it as a toy, in the hands and mouth of a good player (not me) it becomes a serious musical tool…

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