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269 rawap

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China (Sinkiang-Uighur Aut.Region)=Uighur
body: wood, with snake skin over front face; L.93.0cm
strings: 3 courses (the first is single, and the second and the third double), steel
frets: 24, metal
range: ca. 3oct.
tuning: g-b' -g'

The body is a single hollowed out piece of wood. The player holds the instrument horizontally, at about shoulder level, and plucks with a plectrum in the right hand while pressing the strings with the left hand. Tremolo is its characteristic playing technique. Used in accompaniment of folk songs and dances. This item belongs to the style of Tashkent rawap.

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