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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, respectively. "Musiikin muisti...

The Bandrum: A New Folk Instrument

Please visit the Bandrum Kickstarter to support! https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1885543510/the-bandrum-a-new-folk-instrument?ref=email.

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 3)

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

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 1)

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

Кобза "Вечірня" . Ukrainian folk instrument - Kobza.


Instrument "Sindhi Sarangi" is mainly in the hands of Langa caste musicians and they are known as "Sarangiya Langa" in western part of Rajasthan. It is a string instrument played by bow. Instrumen...

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 4)

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

Indian National Anthem - On Folk Instrument TUMBI

Kulwinder Mankoo just try to play Indian National Anthem On TUMBI. Hope You May LIKE It. Kulwinder Mankoo Mb No: 9988899521 Kulwinder Mankoo | Main Fir Avanga | Shaheed Bhagat Singh | Full.


"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 called "Roda" and "Chadhav" tied...

8 March celebrated across North Kurdistan / Kurdish folk instrument Daf/Def

This year's 8 March activities has become all the more important and well prepared in Kurdistan as the World March of Women (WMW) launched its 4th International Action in Nusaybin district...

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374 news items

The Hindu

The Hindu
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 07:48:45 -0700

We learn nothing else,” smiles Kutle Khan, master of khartal (a popular folk instrument) and head of the band, unabashed about his rural moorings. Khan was eight when he began singing and playing almost all the instruments like morchang, dholak ...


Mon, 30 Mar 2015 21:30:00 -0700

The Pryce-Whitmyre patent application described pan as a “folk instrument”. It is not. Its origins are not lost in the mists of time. The inventors are all known and some are still alive. So, the challenge is to reverse the process: lease the patents ...

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times
Sat, 07 Mar 2015 04:33:45 -0800

While Chavan's expertise lies in playing the dholaki, which is considered to be the premier folk instrument of Maharashtra, other musicians will play diverse folk drums such as the dimdi, sambhal, dhol, etc. According to Rao, "there is a specific drum ...


Wed, 11 Mar 2015 20:31:37 -0700

Born into a family with strong traditions of Indian Folk drumming and singing (his mother is Sulochana Chavan, the Marathi singer famous for singing lavanis), he is one of the leading exponents of the dholki, the premiere Folk instrument of Maharashtra.
The Herald Argus
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 12:37:30 -0800

It generally is considered a folk instrument, but Rothbauer enjoys playing slower, quiet, sentimental music – songs that are written in minor keys and that change keys often to include accidental notes. For fun, he will throw in more exciting tunes ...


Fri, 27 Mar 2015 03:41:15 -0700

I say sarangi-like because I suspect it is a tribal or folk instrument not played by a studio musician. Burman was absolutely clear about the sounds he needed and often invented instruments to produce them (I read somewhere that he used an automobile ...

The Weekly Standard

The Weekly Standard
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 19:56:15 -0800

In a Platonic dialogue, Socrates describes Homer as “the best and most divine of the poets.” Not a bad blurb, if taken at face value. Such an exalted position, however, could not remain unchallenged. Homer's excellence, not to mention his very ...
Astana Times
Tue, 23 Dec 2014 19:45:16 -0800

To celebrate the 23rd anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence, the Dina Nurpeisova Academic Orchestra of Folk Instruments from Atyrau held a major concert on Dec. 15 at UNESCO headquarters in Paris. Parisians got to experience the beauty of some of ...

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