Friday, February 13, 2009

What is a sackbut anyway?

It is not a sack, and it has nothing to do with a butt either, so where did the name come from? Apparently sackbut means "push-pull" literally translated, which is a fitting name given the fact that the instrument was the early predecessor to the modern trombone. Other names for this early instrument included saqueboute, sackbusshes, seykebuds, sakbuds, shakebuttes, shagbutts, and shagbolts. Regardless of the funny names, the instrument was considered an instrument of a virtuoso player by the 17th century. So there - just because it has a funny name, doesn't mean it isn't awesome.

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