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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, respectively. "Musiikin muisti...


"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 called "Roda" and "Chadhav" tied...

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.

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 4)

Jouhikko (bow lyre) - Lassi Logrén, Ilkka Heinonen http://www.facebook.com/kantelar.

Seagull Merlin Dulcimer acoustic folk instrument demo

Seagull Merlin diatonic 4-string dulcimer. With solid spruce top and maple body. See more here: https://www.forsyths.co.uk/guitars/acoustic-guitars-shop-online-sales/seagull-guitars/123268-seagull...

Linkin Park - Numb (cover performed with kankles - Lithuanian folk instrument)

2 girls (Viktorija and Lijana) playing Linkin Park - Numb with kanklės (Lithuanian folk instrument) in Lithuanian talent show "2 Minutės Šlovės" - "2 Minutes of Glory"

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.

Lithuanian folk instrument birbynė - Saulius Petreikis

http://www.facebook.com/sauliuspetreikismusic Melodious sound of birbynė (Lithuanian traditional reed-pipe) have been heard in Lithuania for many years. Today, when the sound of birbynė...

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373 news items

The Hudson Reporter
Sat, 02 May 2015 21:07:30 -0700

Among the performers she introduced was tenor Theodore “Ted” Tomasso, belting out selections from Verdi to Mario Lanza, and Charlie Rutan, playing the zapogna, a folk instrument nicknamed the “Italian bagpipe.” “The Italian bagpipe is closely ...
Hartford Courant
Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:56:15 -0700

(Plainville, CT) Middle School of Plainville music instructor Laurel Schwartz has been selected to be the subject of an article entitled "Classrooms" published in "Teaching Music" magazine this month. The magazine has a readership of approximately 75 ...

Times of India

Times of India
Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:56:15 -0700

He says, "The santoor was a folk instrument in Kashmir. My father brought it into the limelight in the pure Indian classical form. It has always been associated with romance and waterfalls but there is more to it. It has potential to move into other ...

The Moscow Times

The Moscow Times
Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:07:30 -0700

Wednesday's programs on the channel included an emission about sacred choral music and another in which an elderly priest sang and played guitar while a young woman in a long dress with flowing hair played a dulcimer, a folk instrument. The channel ...


Mon, 27 Apr 2015 03:24:55 -0700

We have a dedicated folk instrument section in both our stores and they are both well stocked with ukuleles to suit every budget. Customers are upgrading and the mix of sales is interesting, with repeat business for concert tenor and Baritone ukes, as ...


Fri, 24 Apr 2015 02:45:00 -0700

For me, it's not a profession, but a passion," he said. The sarod is a string instrument that is smaller than the sitar. It was modified from the rabab, an Afghan and Persian folk instrument, by one of Amjad Ali Khan's ancestors, Ghulam Bandegi Khan ...


Fri, 17 Apr 2015 14:33:45 -0700

At the TSO's Wednesday concert, “These haunting melodies will be played by Armenian folk instrument musicians, along with the TSO and the incomparable soprano Isabel Bayrakdarian,” the composer says. “On the 100th anniversary of what is in fact ...
Lima Ohio
Wed, 15 Apr 2015 16:15:00 -0700

The meeting will explore the connection between the German folk instrument called a scheitholt and the mountain dulcimer. There will be live music demonstrating several styles of dulcimer, as well as coffee and cookies. For details, call 419-303-9769.

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