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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,...

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 3)

Harmonium - Eero Grundström http://www.facebook.com/kantelar.


Instrument "Sindhi Sarangi" is mainly in the hands of Langa caste musicians and they are known as "Sarangiya Langa" in western part of Rajasthan. It is a str...

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 4)

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

Memory of music - folk instrument videos (part 7)

Peasant kantele - Pauliina Syrjälä http://www.facebook.com/kantelar.

Japanese guy practicing a Kazakh folk instrument "Dombra" 1/2

I bought the dombra for my own souvenir while I was visiting in Almaty. I am trying to play the greatest Kazakh composer, Kurmangazy's renowned piece "Adai"


This Autophonic instrument known as "Morchang", or Jew's harp is made by iron rid by Gadoliya Luhar in the villages. Played by common people in the desert fo...

Lithuanian folk instrument Birbyne - Saulius Petreikis

Melodious sound of birbynė (Lithuanian traditional reed-pipe) have been heard in Lithuania for many years. Today, when the sound of birbynė can be heard in...

Tommy Emmanuel playing russian folk instrument))


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.

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334 news items

Times of India
Sun, 25 Jan 2015 11:30:00 -0800

How did the bansuri evolve from being a folk instrument to a classical music instrument? Pandit Pannalal Ghosh should be credited for developing the bansuri as we know it today as a classical music instrument. Earlier, bansuris were not capable of ...
The Chattanoogan
Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:45:00 -0800

Ross has taken a simple folk instrument and energized it with technical wizardry, inventive arrangements and a healthy dose of rock-n-roll attitude. This regionally acclaimed concert series features emerging and established performers and will be held ...

Charleston City Paper

Charleston City Paper
Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:00:00 -0800

One decidedly non-folk instrument that's become part of the Shovels & Rope repertoire is a raunchy, heavily distorted keyboard synthesizer. Trent says they started incorporating it in live shows after the release of O' Be Joyful, which featured crunchy ...
The Chattanoogan
Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:48:45 -0800

Mr. Ross has taken a simple folk instrument and energized it with technical wizardry, inventive arrangements and a healthy dose of rock-n-roll attitude. It is this groundbreaking and iconoclastic approach that caused ukulele-virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro ...
Tue, 20 Jan 2015 06:32:39 -0800

It was the first song I ever wrote on [the Greek folk instrument] the bouzouki. After Picaresque, I was trying to get the creative juices flowing, so I decided to buy some weird instruments and see what happened. I bought a mountain dulcimer and a ...
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 ...


Sat, 03 Jan 2015 11:18:32 -0800

They describe the instrument's tune as soft, and compare it to the sound of a bagpipe. "It's an old traditional Appalachian folk instrument," Brewer said. By the sound of it, you'd think the North Mississippi Dulcimer Association members play together ...

Crawley News

Crawley News
Thu, 08 Jan 2015 02:41:15 -0800

A RENOWNED music shop which has attracted customers from all over the world, including a host of famous musicians, is closing down after almost 40 years. The last folk instrument will be tuned and sold at Hobgoblin Music in February when the store ...

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