Jew's harp - well-known folk instrument. It belongs to the self-sounding musical instruments.
Jew's harp is very easy to use and requires no musical education. Learning how to play it very easy, and you can constantly improve the skill. In ancient times it was believed that the game harp clears mind, it strengthens the vitality of human and harmonizes the function of all organs; This is confirmed by modern scientists.
Jew's harp has been distributed in Europe. In the Middle Ages, young people often use this tool for specific purposes - for example, to attract the pretty girls, when they wanted to be alone with them. Center for the manufacturing of this instrument and playing it since the Middle Ages was considered in Austria. The Austrian town of Molln - one of the most prominent in this regard historical places: at the beginning of the XIX century was the production of trumps is a hereditary business thirty-five families per year were produced 2.5 million tools! On the jew's harp played mostly from the upper classes.
Jew's harp music is common in Japan, mainly among women of the Ainu tribe (nation having Indian tribes), who lives on a reservation in Hokkaido. Jew's harp is called "mukkuri." He produced the old-fashioned bamboo. Game of the jew's harp Ainu coupled with songs and dances. Across the ocean, in America, the story of the jew's harp started since the first European settlers who brought with them trumps from Austria, France and England, and used them as objects of barter with the Indians. Subsequently, the Americans began to make themselves trumps. These tools are used primarily in folk and country music. More familiar to the public was the jew's harp sound when it began to be used as a musical accompaniment to the film westerns.