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239 mandolin

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body: wooden body; L. 61.4 cm
strings: 4 double course steel strings; 24 frets
tuning: g -d'-a'-e"

The body is made of thin strips of wood assembled to form an elongated hemisphere. The instrument is placed on the right knee and held at a diagonal to the torso. The strings are plucked with a pick held in the right hand. The instrument is played both solo and in various ensemble forms.

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Music Department, Tokyo National University of the Arts, 12-8 Ueno Kouen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8714, Japan