Often times in Medieval Europe, music was played in a church. When played in church, music was played to plainchants. Plainchants were texts that were sung instead of spoken. Plainchants grew because words and phrases were added to them. Eventually the growth of plainchants led to sequences, which were poems with a melody.
Common instruments found in Medieval Europe were harps, psaltery, fiddles, and bagpipes. Harps had twenty-five strings and were made out of sheep gut. They were played with fingers and made a heavenly sound. A psaltery was a string instrument, similar to the harp, the psaltery was plucked with quills. In paintings it was played by angels and was played in orchestras. The fiddle was a stringed instrument played with a bow. It was larger then a modern violin and was lain on a lap. Only one string on the fiddle could be adjusted and the other four could not therefore it made a drone sound. The English played bagpipes in the 1300s. The bag portion was made out of leather and the pipe was played with fingers. The musician would blow through the mouthpiece which would inflate the bag and the sound would come out through the pipes.