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A folk instrument is an instrument that developed among common people and usually doesn't have a known inventor. It can be made from wood, metal or other material. It is a part of folk music. The instruments can be percussion instruments, different types of flutes, the bow and different types of trumpets.

The cavaquinho is a Portuguese folk instrument.

Some instruments are referred to as folk instruments even if they do not meet the criteria for classifying a folk instrument because they commonly appear in folk music. An example would be harmonica.

List of folk instruments[edit]

Over 75 instruments

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3 Finnish Folk Music Instruments

3 beautiful, separate performances by Sibelius Academy musicians on a harmonium (harmooni), peasant's kantele (talonpoikaiskantele), and a pair of mandolins,...

Sukhishvili "Tsdo " / Phanduri (Georgian Folk Instrument)


"Ravanhatha" a bow string instrument is made by bamboo & coconut shell mainly by player himself. It consists nearly 17 strings in which two main strings are ...

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 7)

Peasant kantele - Pauliina Syrjälä http://www.facebook.com/kantelar.

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 3)

Harmonium - Eero Grundström http://www.facebook.com/kantelar.

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 4)

Jouhikko (bow lyre) - Lassi Logrén, Ilkka Heinonen http://www.facebook.com/kantelar.


This Autophonic instrument known as "Morchang", or Jew's harp is made by iron rid by Gadoliya Luhar in the villages. Played by common people in the desert fo...

Morchang (folk instrument of rajasthan)

folk music instrument of rajasthan.

Langspil - Íslenska langspilið - Icelandic folk instrument

Langspil. Íslenska langspilið. Traditional Icelandic folk instrument (Icelandic drone zither). The langspil can be played by plucking the strings by hand, wi...

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 1)

5-row accordion - Maria Kalaniemi http://www.facebook.com/kantelar.

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22 news items

Canton Daily Ledger
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 08:11:15 -0700

In his history of the accordion, which was presented at Bradley University on Oct. 2, 2013, Hughes wrote, "The accordion is perhaps the most versatile musical instrument ever invented…The accordion is generally classed as a folk instrument and it is that.
Good Times
Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:37:24 -0700

Is it especially challenging (or fun) to use a vernacular “folk” instrument to create symphonic music? Why? Yes, it's really fun, because it's a wide open field. Very little has been tried, so I get the first shot at much of it. And I do like to find ...

Cadillac News (subscription)

Cadillac News (subscription)
Tue, 22 Jul 2014 03:07:30 -0700

A stringed American folk instrument with roots in northern Europe, the instrument has been traced back to the Appalachian communities of the late 18th century. But the sweet sounds of the festival are far from the only ties that bind those who attend ...

New York Times

New York Times
Fri, 18 Jul 2014 18:10:14 -0700

If, as the sound artist Stephan Moore likes to say, the laptop has become the 21st-century folk instrument, then the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in Katonah has propelled itself to the forefront of that development, commissioning and bringing ...
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 16:05:18 -0700

"First it was the number one instrument sold online, then it was the number one folk instrument sold and then it became the number one instrument sold anywhere. So, we sell tens and tens of thousands of these," Antonio Ferranti with Alfred's Music ...

SF Weekly (blog)

SF Weekly (blog)
Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:03:45 -0700

I play piano and charango, a folk instrument from the Andes, with a sound similar to a mandolin. It's used in Bolivian and Peruvian folkloric music and is our main rhythm instrument. Recently, I became the main singer of the band and started composing ...
The Daily Star
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:00:00 -0700

Today, Rahul Sharma is regarded as one of India's most creative and dynamic classical musicians, who has vowed to take the immensely intricate Kashmiri folk instrument beyond borders and musical genres, but not by totally shying away from the classical ...

New York Times

New York Times
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:33:17 -0700

“There is a cold war between the East and West” in Turkey,” said Berkant Kaya, a merchant sitting amid violins, baglamas (a stringed folk instrument that he teaches) and Turkish percussion instruments in his tiny store on a narrow street crammed with ...

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