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Bowed string instruments - Instruments in This Family

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Bowed string instruments: list of all the most popular musical instruments in this family. Any well-known instrument in the Bowed string instruments instruments family is included along with photos when available. The list you're viewing is made up of many different items, like Ajaeng and Đàn gáo. (63 Items)
  • The ajaeng is a Korean string instrument. It is a wide zither with strings made of twisted silk, played by means of a slender stick made of forsythia wood, which is scraped against the strings in the manner of a bow. The original version of the instrument, and that used in court music, has seven strings, while the ajaeng used for sanjo and sinawi has eight strings; some instruments may have up to nine strings. The ajaeng is generally played while seated on the floor. It has a deep tone similar to that of a cello, but more raspy. Some contemporary players prefer to use an actual horsehair bow rather than a stick, believing the sound to be smoother. The instrument is used in court,...  more
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  • The imzad is a single-string bowed instrument used by the Tuareg people in Africa. Its body is made out of a calabash or wood which is covered by animal skin. The strings are made from horse hair and are connected near the neck, and runs over a two-part bridge. The round bow is also equipped with horse hair. The imzad is only played by the women for example to accompany songs, often during an evening ceremony called takket. However, there are modern attempts to promote the instrument as inherent to Tuareg culture....  more
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  • Bowed string instruments are a subcategory of string instruments that are played by a bow rubbing the strings. The bow rubbing the string causes vibration which the instrument emits as sound....  more
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    The banhu is a Chinese traditional bowed string instrument in the huqin family of instruments. It is used primarily in northern China. Ban means a piece of wood and hu is short for huqin. Like the more familiar erhu and gaohu, the banhu has two strings, is held vertically, and the bow hair passes in between the two strings. The banhu differs in construction from the erhu in that its soundbox is generally made from a coconut shell rather than wood, and instead of a snakeskin that is commonly used to cover the faces of huqin instruments, the banhu uses a thin wooden board. The banhu is sometimes also called "banghu," because it is often used in bangzi opera of northern China, such as Qinqiang...  more
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