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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,...

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 1)

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

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 7)

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

How To Play Tumbi - Punjabi Folk Instrument

Hi Friends.. Here I am Just spent my time to inform you the basic i.e How to Play Tumbi... This is completely for Beginners as well as For NEW Learners.. Hop...


"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 ...

Sukhishvili "Tsdo " / Phanduri (Georgian Folk Instrument)

Lithuanian folk instrument Birbyne - Saulius Petreikis

Saulius Petreikis is a talented young man who professionally plays the trumpet and folk instruments of various nations: bansuri flute of India, flutes of Chi...

Kurdish folk instrument - Hesen Kanjo "Ez Kavokim"

Kurdish Instrument Cheng name The cheng is a Kurdish harp. The word comes from the Kurdish word "cheng," which means "harp" (and also "five fingers") The anc...

Kyrgyz folk instrument Temir / Jıgaç Komuz

performed by Dilşat Kangeldieva.


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...

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19 news items

Sat, 19 Apr 2014 01:03:45 -0700

The instrument Klassen plays is a Paraguayan harp, a traditional folk instrument of Paraguay. The natives there were intrigued by the classical harps the Spanish missionaries brought to the country in the 17th and 18th Centuries. The Paraguayans made ...
Mail Tribune
Thu, 03 Apr 2014 13:12:50 -0700

The most unusual member of the trio is Sidibe, who was born in southern Mali. The oldest folk instrument on that part of the globe is the ngoni, a bridge harp built from wood or a hollowed gourd using 21 strings. It was traditionally played by griots ...
The Times, Trenton
Fri, 11 Apr 2014 04:25:44 -0700

He is also recognized for his work on and with the Hardanger fiddle, a Norwegian folk instrument. For Trueman, the sound of the Hardanger was like love at first sight. “I still remember where I was when I heard it for the first time, because I couldn't ...
Chicago Sun-Times
Sun, 06 Apr 2014 10:48:20 -0700

Although the pipa remains primarily a folk instrument, Wu Man has taken it in unprecedented directions, performing with orchestras and chamber groups and demonstrating that it can be a viable contemporary concert instrument as well. Indeed, her recital ...
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 13:15:00 -0700

We also use a kalimba (African folk instrument) instead of synth or keyboard for some of our songs. EN: What is your go-to song to get the crowd moving? A: We like to play our song “Take Me Home” to get the crowd moving because it gets us moving the ...
Highland Park News
Mon, 07 Apr 2014 12:19:24 -0700

Obviously, she needed to find a better way to teach this Hawaiian folk instrument. One summer she took a ukulele class at the Old Town School of Folk Music and learned some Hawaiian strumming patterns. The songs were still too hard for most of the ...

Yahoo India News (blog)

Yahoo India News (blog)
Thu, 10 Apr 2014 23:06:58 -0700

The air of grief lingers. As we went further in, it was fitting then that music greeted us: a musician playing a song on the Ravanhatha. Our guide informs us that this ancient folk instrument was fashioned in the shape of King Ravana's arm, its ...
Seattle Weekly
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 17:12:29 -0700

... fuse his fascination with hip-hop and his family's African roots to create the spacey, avant-rap of Shabazz Palaces, a project he started with Ishmael Butler that found him touring the world and playing the humble folk instrument in front of huge ...

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