A shofar is a religious musical instrument made of a kosher animal’s horn, usually a ram’s horn. Originally used in Israel, shofars are mainly used in synagogues during Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah. It produces sequences of treble and bass sounds. Because of its irregular shape, it makes different harmonics such as narrow fourth intervals or a wide sixth intervals.
Shofars are made by flattening horns and softening them using heat to mold their turned up bell. The horn’s tip serves as the mouthpiece.
Types of Shofars
Kinds of Shofars include the following:
White shofars are made from naturally white ram’s horns. It has a traditional mouthpiece and is polished for shine and durability.
Dark shofars are made from naturally plume ram’s horns. They usually measure anywhere from 37 to 40 inches long.
Jumbo shofars measure more than 40 inches long. They come in both dark and light shades.
Decorated shofars are adorned with different materials such as silver bands and jewels. They are available in many sizes.
Choosing Shofars (Buying tips)
Shofar bag: Choose a shofar that comes with a bag. A shofar bag is usually made of inexpensive nylon with a handle and a shoulder strap. Get one with a padded shoulder strap if you intend to buy an extra-long shofar.
Shofar oil: Buy a shofar oil and apply it regularly on your instrument to prevent it from cracking or breaking. Consult your retailer for the proper oil application and frequency of oiling.