small afghan folk music instrument Tambur Tanbur tanboor from Afghanaistan Bone inlay تنبور
The small tanbur is played in Northern Afghanistan from Kabul to Herat and Maza-E-Shariff amongst the Uzbeks and Tajiks in small ensembles or solo.
length 22 " (56 cm) ,Width about 5,1" ( 13 cm) and Height approx 3,1" ( 8 cm)
weight: 900 Gramm
The tanbur is always played with a wire plectrum on the index-finger, similar to the Indian sitar plectrum (mizrab), so you can pick forwards and backwards. The left hand plays mainly on the first course - the others are used as drones.
The music is usually instrumental, but the tanbur is also used to accompany singing.
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