Listen Up! “L” is for Lyre


LLyres excavated in ancient Mesopotamia date back to 2500 BC. The recitations of ancient Greeks were accompanied by lyre playing. And the earliest picture of a lyre appears in a sarcophagus from a Bronze Age civilization on the island of Crete. So, the lyre’s been around for a long time.

A lyre can be strummed or plucked, and lyres have had different numbers of strings at various times.

I love this video of Andreas Dimetrelis attempting to play a blues scale on a Greek lyre: