The psaltery is a type of medieval zither. It is an ancient instrument is seen in many forms (trapezoidal, wing-shaped and hog-nosed to name a few). The instrument’s name may have began in the Middle East, around the Mesopotamia area, where Iran and Iraq are today. It is thought to be about three thousand years old, only slightly younger than the oldest stringed instrument, the harp.
In ancient China, all scholars and gentlemen were expected to be well versed in four arts, namely, qin, qi, shu, hua, or the string music instrument, chess (go), calligraphy and painting.
Here, qin refers specifically to guqin, a seven-string Chinese zither. With a history of more than 5,000 years, guqin has long been regarded as the crown of all music instruments in the country and the symbol of Chinese high culture.
The word Gusli is in modern times used by Russians and other Slavic peoples for a range of stringed instruments (rather like the word harpa in Swedish), but we use the word as it is used in the early Bylinys (early Russian literature) to refer to Kantele type instruments, both with and without a playing window.
Psaltery, (from Greek psaltērion: “harp”), musical instrument having plucked strings of gut, horsehair, or metal stretched across a flat soundboard, often trapezoidal but also rectangular, triangular, or wing-shaped.
It has become extremely hard for people to live without music because it has become a part of our lives – a food for our souls. It is certain that many of us like music to an unimaginable extent, but it is also true that most of us don’t know how to play any musical instrument. Our inability to play any musical instrument depends on many reasons: it might be because of lack of intention or proper instructions in the early childhood. When it comes to the matter of learning music, it is never too late, and you can always learn to play any musical instrument. But, before that, you might need some reasons, and here are few that you will find interesting.