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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)

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 3)

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


"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.

Morchang (folk instrument of rajasthan)

folk music instrument of rajasthan.


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...

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 19)

Bagpipes - Petri Prauda http://www.facebook.com/kantelar.

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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23 news items

Wall Street Journal

Wall Street Journal
Sun, 27 Jul 2014 19:26:15 -0700

As a student, he realized that rather than become a guitarist, he wanted to learn his native folk instrument instead. "Due to the situation in Afghanistan, not many people play this instrument, so I decided to put my thoughts into learning it," he said ...

Times of India

Times of India
Wed, 30 Jul 2014 11:40:47 -0700

Shivkumar Sharma modified the folk instrument in order to make it more suitable for classical music. He increased its range to full three octaves and also created a technique for smoother gliding between music notes in order to imitate human voice quality.
St. Albert Gazette
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:18:45 -0700

Most people think of it as folk instrument. But more and more composers are writing classical pieces and you hear more of it in concert halls,” Watt said. Closing the season on April 18 is the consummate Virya Duo composed of violinist Alissa Cheung ...
Monday Mag
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:18:45 -0700

“People tend to have an idea that it's either a children's instrument or a folk instrument or a blues instrument, but it's all these. And it can also be a lot more sophisticated. I think people will be quite surprised if they come hear me play.” Powers ...
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 ...
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 ...

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 ...
The Daily Star
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 11:07:59 -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 ...

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