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date: 19 November 2019

Danbūrolocked

  • Alastair Dick

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Long-necked plucked lute of the Balochistan and Sindh regions of Pakistan. It has a pear-shaped wooden resonator and a flat soundtable, joined to a long, tapering neck with a small projecting ridge around the joint. Six copper-wire frets are bound around the upper half of the neck, giving a range of a 5th from the open string; extra notes can be obtained on the unfretted half of the neck. The two or three steel strings, whose tuning pegs are inserted frontally at the top of the neck, are plucked with a wooden plectrum (janok). The string holder is a pin, or ‘tail’, projecting at the base of the instrument. A smaller version, with small resonator and long ‘tail’, is also found, called kamāc. The danbūro is often played with a heavy fiddle of the sārindā type, sharing much of the fiddle’s repertory, and also with the cang Jew’s harp....

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