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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]

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393 news items

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 26 Nov 2015 07:45:00 -0800

Flute, perhaps the oldest folk instrument of India, found its place in classical concerts thanks to the legendary flautist Pannalal Ghosh; but, he died too young to establish his style for posterity. There are very few instrumentalists now who remember ...

South China Morning Post (subscription)

South China Morning Post (subscription)
Mon, 02 Nov 2015 23:58:42 -0800

... half of the programme was much more fluent and assured, but since it consisted mostly of folk tunes, albeit - with one exception - in arrangements by classical composers, that tended to confirm the prejudice that the mandolin is essentially a folk ...

Port Townsend Leader

Port Townsend Leader
Wed, 18 Nov 2015 03:23:50 -0800

Considered a folk instrument, it is noted for its sweetness of tone. Modern “grand concert” pedal harps were developed in the 18th century to expand the instrument's range and allow for key changes. Dale, who has played the harp for more than 60 years ...
Fri, 13 Nov 2015 20:52:30 -0800

On a vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains near Gatlinburg, Tenn., in the mid-1970s, they came upon a man playing a dulcimer, a stringed folk instrument of the zither family, and learned it was homemade. “On the way home she said, 'You could build that ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 12 Nov 2015 16:33:45 -0800

For the medieval dances from the 13th and early 14th centuries the instruments included medieval lute, harp, recorders, hurdy-gurdy, nickel harpe, the keyed fiddle, buzouki, and a Modern Greek folk instrument. The Medieval European music with eight ...

Boulder Jewish News

Boulder Jewish News
Sun, 08 Nov 2015 22:12:15 -0800

In 1999, Sandra opened another door when she discovered a 14th century Swedish folk instrument called the nyckelharpa and fell in love. This is a 16 stringed, keyed instrument played with a bow. It had become an integral part of her work and musical ...

I am in dna of India

I am in dna of India
Fri, 12 Jun 2015 07:15:00 -0700

A workshop on traditional musical instrument 'Mrudang', a folk drum made from wood, was held at Odissi Research Center (ORC), Bhubaneswar on Friday. The participants were given session on the history of the musical instrument and were told some ...

Astana Times

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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