Oud

The oud is a fretless stringed instrument with a short neck and pear form. Generally, it has 11 strings arranged in 6 courses. But some variants have 5 or 7 courses, with 10 or 13 strings, respectively. Unlike the lute, the oud does not have frets and has a thinner...
Hammered Dulcimer

Hammered Dulcimer

The hammered dulcimer is a stringed percussion instrument with strings stretched over a trapezoidal resonating soundboard. The hammered dulcimer is placed in front of the player, who may sit cross-legged on the floor in more traditional ways or stand or sit at wooden...
Baglama

Baglama

The baglama or saz (a type of plucked string instrument with a long neck) is popular in Ottoman classical music. It is also popular in Turkish folk music, Turkish Arabesque music, Transcaucasian music, and parts of Syria, Iraq, and the Balkan countries. In addition,...

Bowed String Instruments: Viola

The history of the viola relates to the development of the other instruments within the violin family. These were first made in northern Italy between 1530 and 1550. These regions include cities such as Milan, Brescia, Cremona, and Venice. The work of illustrious...

String Instruments

  String instruments exist in almost all musical cultures. They produce sound from vibrating strings when the performer plays or sounds the strings in some manner. Today, bowed string instruments form the backbone of symphony orchestras, and people widely use...