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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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Sunbury Daily Item
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:09:18 -0700

The Frosty Valley Dulcimer Friends first met 25 years ago this year. Pictured are the group's core members, from left, Warren Fisher, of Selinsgrove; Kathy Wagner, of Danville; Helen Miller, of Danville; Alf Bashore, of Danville; and Ann Fisher, of ...
Daily Nebraskan
Tue, 16 Sep 2014 23:11:15 -0700

Tweedy even fiddles around on the piano, illuminating a poorly represented folk instrument. Spencer takes a break from drumming for “Fake Fur Coat,” a folksy dance between vocals and lead guitar. This selection is just over two minutes, never letting ...


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 ...
Joplin Globe
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 10:00:48 -0700

Founded in 2011 by Ozan Cemali, the group features its leader on baglama, a Turkish folk instrument, along with multi-instrumentalist Dena El Saffar, drummer Tim Moore and vocalist/instrumentalist Tomas Lozano. Their performances mix traditional music ...


Sun, 14 Sep 2014 20:11:15 -0700

During his initial years, Panditji faced hurdles especially from traditional Indian Classical music practitioners who refused to accept a Folk instrument from Kashmir as a Classical instrument. This, however, changed through the years and Panditji went ...
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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 18:18:45 -0700

Cemali, in addition to singing, plays the baglama, a Turkish folk instrument that looks a little bit like a medieval lute with a round back like a gourd. The remaining band members, Saffar, percussionist Tim Moore and Tomás Lozano, who plays the guitar ...

Consequence of Sound

Consequence of Sound
Mon, 08 Sep 2014 21:01:44 -0700

Gone is the homely recording quality that gave efforts like Bad Debt and Poor Moon their bucolic charm, replaced instead by lush and expansive studio flourishes that enhance each folk instrument with clear-eyed engineering. “Saturday's Song” highlights ...
Sat, 23 Aug 2014 13:57:22 -0700

Sarangi has been a popular Nepali folk instrument traditionally played only by the people of oppressed Gandharva community. He adds that the Sarangis in majority of the Gandharva´s house in a Gandharva village, known as Kantipur, in Chitwan district is ...

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