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A folk instrument is an instrument that developed among common people that 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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Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune
Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:18:45 -0800

Fiddle, banjo, washboard and harmonica sounds will fill the meeting room at Vernon Area Public Library, 300 Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire during an American Folk Instrument Concert with Fox & Branch, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Feb. 20. The Milwaukee ...

Times of India

Times of India
Wed, 10 Feb 2016 00:37:30 -0800

Although commonly perceived as a folk instrument from Jammu and Kashmir, the santoor has more influence of the Sufi traditions. Over the years, I have improvized on the hammered dulcimer, fine tuning it to suit my raags and compositions as well as ...

The New Indian Express

The New Indian Express
Sat, 06 Feb 2016 19:56:15 -0800

Only with the turn of events in the 19th century and with the onset of romanticism that laid emphasis on emotion as a means of individual aesthetic expression, did the humble folk instrument, alphorn, among other things, found its way back into ...

Financial Times

Financial Times
Fri, 05 Feb 2016 09:15:00 -0800

“Tribute to the Txalaparta” (1961) is his monumental take on a folk instrument while the seemingly organic “Three Bridges” (1968-77) is intricately joined with dowels. The sublimation of totems of Basque culture into abstract or avant-garde art ranges ...

Opelika Auburn News

Opelika Auburn News
Wed, 03 Feb 2016 13:05:24 -0800

It is a man playing a hurdy gurdy, an Eastern European folk instrument. He is a beggar who keeps playing even though his plate remains empty. This expresses what Wilson called, “an endless cycle of toil and disappointment.” Wilson said scholars have ...


Tue, 19 Jan 2016 05:58:00 -0800

I loved the way that Judge makes the trumpet and cornet sound like a natural folk instrument, but there is plenty to enjoy from the instruments that include mandolin, guitar, music box, trumpet, harmonium, glockenspiel and harp. The compositions are by ...

The Guardian

The Guardian
Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:00:10 -0800

In 1980, O'Flynn recorded the landmark folk-classical fusion The Brendan Voyage with Shaun Davey, which ushered an unfashionable folk instrument in from the cold. Fleck may be doing the same for the banjo. • At City Halls, Glasgow, on 24 January.

Elko Daily Free Press

Elko Daily Free Press
Sat, 23 Jan 2016 13:36:31 -0800

The bones will be featured in a special workshop on Friday. Flemons learned to play the folk instrument in 2005 after going to a North Carolina fiddlers convention. The bones, made of old cow rib bones or sometimes other materials, are a type of ...

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