History 3000 BC to 1900 AD

History 3000 BC to 1900 AD

3000 BC

5,000 years ago – early artwoks depict Oud like instruments being played. 4,000 years back, Tanburs (early fretless forerunners of the guitar) were being played in Egyptian ensembles. A lute like instrument with a long neck and three strings, the modern versions tend to have tied frets on the neck.

tanbur
Tanbur

1 AD

2,000 years ago – Nangarhar, East Afghanistan – The Rabab, a skin-covered fretless lute is in common use.

rabab

Rabab

History Timeline History 1900-1959