I will offer other notes later, but for now here are few more.
There was the musical idolatry at Sinai which was not a good thing. Uzzah was killed while transporting the Ark on wheels with musical instruments. Job’s first children were killed while having a party, no doubt using musical instruments. God forbade musical instruments inside the camp of Israel, specifically commanding musical instruments to only be outside the gates in the area of the pagans. The holy prophet Ezekiel attributes the beginning of the devil with the mark of the beast and musical instruments. The minor prophet Amos repeatedly condemned different sorts of instrumental music. In the liturgical New Testament there is no emphasis showing that Christians continued using musical instruments.
Cain’s son Jubal was said to have started using musical instruments. Some suggest that the daughters of men were Cainites who reveled, while the son’s of God were Shethites many of who followed Enoch’s example of taking vows and living as anchorites on a holy mountain.
St. Basil once asked, "Whence is it that we are Christians? Through our faith, would be the universal answer. And in what way are we saved? Plainly because we were regenerate through the grace given in our baptism. No one every forced their way 'into the presence of God' with music and no one is ever said to have been improved by the use of music."
"Where kithara playing and dancing and hand clapping find place, there is the beguiling of men, the corruption of women, the sorrow of angels and a feast for the devil... Today, to all appearances, they sing psalms as God ordained, and tomorrow they will eagerly dance as taught by Satan. Today they contradict Satan and tomorrow they follow him... Let it be far from you that today, as one loving Christ, you listen attentively to the reading of the divine Scripture, and tomorrow as a criminal and a hater of Christ you listen to lyre playing." - St. Ephraim the Syrian
In what appears to be fragments of commentary from the Holy Gospel, Hippolytus says, "I made your ears that ye might hear the Scriptures; and ye prepared them for the songs of demons, and lyres, and jesting."
In the book titled, A Treasury of American Folklore, it says that the devil was the inventor of the violin.
We should know that it takes a great amount of thought bending to believe that all musical instruments facilitate the desire of hearing from God.
Most musical instrumental music creates what might be called a dangerous tranquilizing effect. Very demonic if you ask me.
So beware out there.
Forgive, brother John