Instruments | Pipe & Tabor | Medieval Era | Classical
The medieval pipe was played by blowing directly into a mouthpiece, like a recorder or penny whistle. Although it usually had only three holes to finger, by varying the force of blowing, players could achieve a working range of about one-and-a-half octaves. It was played with the right hand; the left hand held a thick, stubby beater to play a type of drum called a tabor. Traditionally associated with clowns and jesters, the pipe and tabor were used in dance music. Three pipes were found on the wreck of the ship Mary Rose, which sank off Portsmouth in 1545.
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