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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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22 news items

Sunbury Daily Item
Thu, 18 Sep 2014 13:09:38 -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 ...
Chicago Classical Review
Mon, 29 Sep 2014 08:38:53 -0700

The harmonica, oddly, did not seem alien to the music but ended sounding like a traditional folk instrument itself. The Rembrandts usually program a traditionally classical work alongside more unusual pieces, and this concert's chestnut was the Mozart ...

Sydney City News

Sydney City News
Sat, 27 Sep 2014 02:11:15 -0700

Multi-instrumentalist Llew Kiek began his musical career playing a Fender Stratocaster in rock bands but he says “in the Renaissance Players I play bozouki, a Greek Folk instrument; baglama, a Turkish folk instrument; acoustic guitar; oud,” Kiek also ...
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 ...

The Hindu

The Hindu
Thu, 25 Sep 2014 04:26:15 -0700

He had taken what was an Italian folk instrument from its distinctly unsophisticated roots and turned it into something that produced sparkling brilliance of the kind never seen before on the Carnatic concert stage. The traditional mandolin has eight ...

Indian Express

Indian Express
Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:21:39 -0700

Mandolin U Shrinivas was an unlikely superstar, the first and by considerable distance, the best person to play ancient Indian music on a shy, unobtrusive European folk instrument. He devised his own technique, and later, his own instrument to maintain ...

Hindustan Times

Hindustan Times
Fri, 19 Sep 2014 20:00:00 -0700

While he took a largely obscure Western folk instrument and turned it into an Indian classical one successfully, Shrinivas's speciality was his ability to blend swift finger technique that dazzled audiences with sublime riffs that tugged at their ...

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 ...

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