The multitude of instruments of the Andals range from the brass horns of the capital to the woodwinds of the Riverlands. We will not explore every single instrument but rather a case study of each family of instruments.
The First Men
The first men are well known for their wind instruments of many types, including single and double reed flutes or weirwood tree.
The Dornish have many instruments but we will focus our attention on the ones of Rhoynish origin from across the Narrow Sea, especially the Rhoynish harp and double reed flutes.
One could argue that whatever the Giants use to make music hardly qualifies as instruments. Nevertheless, we will try our best to find some common ground between the speculation and the little evidence that we have.
A very similar case to that of the Giants, there is very little evidence (almost none) of any instruments of originating from the Children of the Forest that are extant nowadays, but that doesn’t need stop us from having a look at the possible instruments they might have used.
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In this case there is simply no evidence to be found anywhere of any instrument and any type of research based solely on speculation is best left out of a volume like this until any real evidence is available.
The Valyrian Freehold hasn’t existed for close to 300 years, but some of their instruments can still be found lying across Essos, remnants of a time when the Valyrian harp and horn where as ubiquitous as their dragons.
The Free Cities
When the Valyrian Freehold came to an end some of the Free Cities grew into their own identity and began to experiment and develop new instruments while others preferred to preserved their heritage at all cost.
The transformation of the Valyrian harp into the Ghiscari harp is a good example of the developments that took place in the cities of Slaver’s Bay when the Doom of Valyria left the cities looking to reclaim their lost Ghiscari heritage while at the same time not letting go of their Valyrian customs entirely.
The Qaathi bask in the glory of having had thousands of years of uninterrupted musical history kept alive through the many guilds of instrument makers that live within the city. All types of instruments are produced in Qaarth, but the city is most celebrated for their many hammered harp and singing drums.
The Dothraki are well known for their horse-skin drums of many shapes and sizes. To a foreigner they might all look alike but even while music making the Dothraki follow a strict hierarchy that is dictated by the type of drum every member of the khal plays.
The Lhazareen don’t have many instruments but they know how to make the most out of the ones they do have: while herding during the day they communicate using that can be heard from miles away, while at night they prefer the somber sound of the single reed flute.