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Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family

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Plucked string instrument: list of all the most popular musical instruments in this family. Any well-known instrument in the Plucked string instrument instruments family is included along with photos when available. List includes Portuguese guitar, Ektara, more. By far and away, the most popular instrument in the plucked string family is the guitar. Think about how different the world would be without the guitar. In its many incarnations, along with the bass, the guitar has allowed for so many people to learn music by plucking its strings and creating music. The world would be a different place if plucked string instruments weren't around. The same goes for instruments like ukulele and the banjo. Though the sounds created by these instruments are very different, the one thing they have in common is that they're all a part of the plucked string family. Whether it's the electric guitar or the bandurria, it doesn't matter, all of these instruments have strings.   (115 items)
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Acoustic bass guitar is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitar, Plucked string instrument
The acoustic bass guitar is a bass instrument with a hollow wooden body similar to, though usually somewhat larger than a steel-string acoustic guitar. Like the traditional electric bass guitar ...more
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Acoustic guitar is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitar, Plucked string instrument
An acoustic guitar is a guitar that uses only acoustic means to transmit the strings' vibrational energy to the air in order to make a sound. Acoustic means not electric or using electric ...more
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Arpa Doppia is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument, Harp
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Baglama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The baglamas or baglamadaki, a long necked bowl-lute, is a plucked string instrument used in Greek music; it is a version of the bouzouki pitched an octave higher, with unison pairs on the four ...more
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Bajo sexto is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
Bajo sexto is a Mexican string instrument with 12 strings in 6 double courses, while bajo quinto has 10 strings in 5 double courses. Although of southern Mexican origin, these instruments are ...more
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Balalaika is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument, Dombra
The balalaika is a Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular body and three strings. The balalaika family of instruments includes instruments of various sizes, from ...more
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Bandora is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The Bandora or Bandore is a large long-necked plucked string-instrument that can be regarded as a bass cittern though it does not have the re-entrant tuning typical of the cittern. Probably ...more
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Bandurria is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The bandurria is a plucked chordophone from Spain, similar to the mandolin, primarily used in Spanish folk music, but also found in countries that were once colonies of Spain.
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Banjo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The banjo is a four-, five- or six-stringed instrument with a thin membrane stretched over a frame or cavity as a resonator, called the head. The membrane, or head, is typically a piece of ...more
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Barbat is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The barbat or barbud was a lute of possibly Central Asian origin. Many instruments such as the Arabic oud are derived from the barbat. The modern Persian Barbat is almost the same thing as the ...more
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Baroque guitar is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitar, Plucked string instrument
The Baroque guitar is a string instrument with five courses of gut strings and moveable gut frets. The first course was often a single string.
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Begena is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The begena is an Eritrean and Ethiopian string instrument with ten strings belonging to the family of the lyre. According to oral tradition, Menelik I brought the instrument to the region from ...more
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Bordonua is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The Bordonua is a large, deep body bass guitar which is native to Puerto Rico. They are made using several different shapes and sizes. The Bordonúa is the least common of the three ...more
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Bouzouki is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The bouzouki is a Greek musical instrument that was brought to Greece in the 1900s by Greek immigrants from Asia Minor, and quickly became the central instrument to the rebetika genre and its ...more
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Buzuq is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The buzuq is a long-necked fretted lute related to the Greek bouzouki and Turkish saz. It is an essential instrument in the Rahbani repertoire, but it is not classified among the classical ...more
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Cavaquinho is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitar, Plucked string instrument
The cavaquinho is a small string instrument of the European guitar family with four wire or gut strings. A cavaquinho player is called a cavaquista. The most common tuning is D-G-B-D; other ...more
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Çeng is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The çeng is a Turkish harp. It was a popular Ottoman instrument until the last quarter of the 17th century. The word comes from the Persian word "chang," which means ...more
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Charango is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The charango is a small Andean stringed instrument of the lute family, originated in Quichua and Aymara populations in post-Columbian times, after America met the stringed instruments as they ...more
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Cittern is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitar, Plucked string instrument
The cittern or cithren is a stringed instrument dating from the Renaissance. Modern scholars debate its exact history, but it is generally accepted that it is descended from the Medieval citole, ...more
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Clàrsach is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument, Harp
The Celtic harp is a triangular harp traditional to Brittany, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. It is known as a telenn in Breton, cláirseach in Irish, clàrsach in Scottish Gaelic and ...more
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Classical guitar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitar, Plucked string instrument
The classical guitar is the member of the guitar family used in classical music. It is an acoustical wooden guitar with six classical guitar strings as opposed to the metal strings used in ...more
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Contrabass guitar is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Guitar, Plucked string instrument
A contrabass guitar is a low-register plucked string instrument in the guitar family with five or six strings. It is often called, simply, a six string bass guitar. The five string bass guitar ...more
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Cuatro is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The cuatro is any of several Latin American instruments of the guitar or lute families. Many cuatros are smaller than a guitar. Cuatro means four in Spanish, although current instruments may ...more
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Cümbüş is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The cümbüş is a Turkish stringed instrument of relatively modern origin. It was developed in 1930 by Zeynel Abidin Cümbüş as an oud-like instrument that could be heard as ...more
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Đàn tranh is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Plucked String Instrument - Instruments in This Family
Plucked string instrument
The đàn tranh is a plucked zither of Vietnam, which is similar to the Chinese guzheng, the Japanese koto, the Korean kayagum and the Mongolia Yatga. In northern Vietnam, the instrument is ...more