One of three principal families (with winds and percussion) in European classification. Sound is produced by plucking or drawing a bow across one or more strings held in tension. Pitch is adjusted by changing the length of strings, the tension, or both. Volume is increased by the use of a resonant air chamber, electronic amplification, or both.
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Cümbüş Means Fun
A history of a Turkish folk instrument, now more popular in America and Europe. It combined features of the oud and the banjo; unusually, it has interchangeable necks.
Includes large collection of articles about maintenance, repair, instrument making, and accessories for stringed instruments.
Indian Stringed Instruments
Pictures and descriptions of the stringed instruments of India.
John Thompson on the Guqin Silk String Zither
Introduction to this Chinese instrument, with pictures, song lyrics and information on its place in Chinese culture.
Gambian kora player, now based in Leeds, UK; includes his profile, performances, educational activities, and background on the griot traditions of West Africa.
Traditional Chinese String Instruments
Profile of Chinese traditional string instruments, including plucked strings, bowed strings, and hammered strings.
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