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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 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.

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.


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 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...

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 1)

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

Morchang (folk instrument of rajasthan)

folk music instrument of rajasthan.

Kurdish folk instrument - Yassen

Kurdish folk music.

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Wed, 13 Aug 2014 19:40:41 -0700

A craftsman makes the horse-head fiddle, a Mongolian folk instrument, on Aug. 13, 2014. The horse-head fiddle features a wide body with a long neck, on the top of which is carved a horse head. The instrument is mainly hand-made and one horse-head ...


Thu, 21 Aug 2014 18:30:52 -0700

When it comes to Japanese music, one of the most iconic sounds is that of the tsugaru-jamisen. We've written about musicians playing the folk instrument before, but today we have a group with a traditional, but decidedly unique, approach: the three-man ...
Times of Malta
Mon, 03 Jun 2013 08:00:00 -0700

Rediscovered Maltese folk instrument to be launched at this year's Għanafest. Detail of painting from the publication The Nobles of Malta, by John Montalto. Right: Detail from lithograph by Luigi Brockdorf (1838). A musical instrument which up till now ...
San Diego Reader
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 18:35:09 -0800

“It's basically a folk instrument. We all had to learn to play acoustic.” #Mariachi El Bronx is the ethnic, acoustic sidecar for L.A. punkers the Bronx. Horne joined that L.A. punk band when he came back from a two-year stay in his native Japan. “I ...


Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:45:00 -0800

Del Junco is one of the few pioneers of this overblow method, bringing musical credibility to what has still been considered by many in the music industry a fringe folk instrument. The sophisticated sound produced by del Junco is at once sensitive ...
Wed, 04 Apr 2012 05:33:45 -0700

What a curious journey the music on Levon Eskenian's Gurdjieff Folk Instruments Ensemble's The Music of Georges I. Gurdjieff has taken. It began as the folkloric music Georges Gurdjieff heard in his travels through the near and middle east, was ...

The Japan News

The Japan News
Mon, 17 Nov 2014 10:56:15 -0800

By Keita Ikeda / Yomiuri Shimbun CorrespondentJAKARTA — The traditional folk instrument store Sinar Harapan Musik, located in the Sunda Kelapa district of north Jakarta, sells nearly 100 kinds of musical instruments. Its most popular item is a hadroh, ...

Times of Malta

Times of Malta
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:45:00 -0800

In fact, it was originally an old Gozitan folk instrument, most probably copied from nearby Sicily, which Il-Ganajx had resuscitated. It is mentioned in one of the folktales published by Joseph Cassar Pullicino, entitled Stejjer ta' Niesna (DOI, 1967 ...

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