260 tanbūr

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China (Sinkiang-Uighur Aut. Region)-Uighur
mulberry body; L. 145.5 cm
3 string courses (steel): the first and third are double, and the second single 1 movable bridge
range: g-c""; tuning: g-d'-g

Several strips of board are assembled to form the body. The player sits cross-legged (although in some performances he or she may sit on a chair, or stand) and places the instrument near the top of the thigh. The neck, at a diagonal to the torso, is gripped with the resonator. In the south Shinkiang region it is played with a plectrum, and in the north with a metal pick worn on the index finger of the right hand. Primarily used for accompaniment of folk songs and dances.

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