Monday, December 10, 2018

Do The Amish Play Musical Instruments?

In one of my books, I Hear Christmas, the main character has a love of music. This story was based on the fact that most Old Order Swiss Amish communities only allow two instruments, the Jew's harp and the harmonica. Anything with strings is strictly forbidden.

I don't usually share my inspiration for my stories but these videos are too good to pass up. I had a lot of fun researching for this book and if you find music interesting you'll enjoy these as well.

If you'd like to hear the wide range of sounds the Jew's harp makes or the history of the instrument, this video is for you. It's kind of long but I find it fascinating. If you get bored, skip ahead to the performance part. The sound is unlike anything I've ever heard. Sort of other-worldly.

This video is very short (for those of you like me with data restrictions.) It inspired much of the musical aspect of my story, and I'll admit, some things about the main character. :)

I hope you've enjoyed a little glimpse of my research for this series.

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