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Folk instrument

A folk instrument is a musical instrument that developed among common people and usually does not have a known inventor. It can be made from wood, metal or other material. Such an instrument is played in performances of folk music.

Overview



The instruments can be percussion instruments, or different types of flutes or trumpets, or string instruments that are plucked, hammered or use a form of bow.

Some instruments are referred to as folk instruments because they commonly appear in folk music, even though they do not meet the criteria defining a folk instrument; an example is the harmonica.

List of folk instruments



  • accordion
  • alboka
  • appalachian dulcimer
  • autoharp
  • bagpipe
  • balalaika
  • bandura
  • banjo
  • bağlama
  • binioù kozh
  • birimbau
  • bodhrán
  • bombard
  • bouzouki & Irish bouzouki
  • brommtopp
  • bukkehorn
  • bullroarer
  • cajón
  • catá
  • cavaquinho
  • Celtic harp
  • chajchas
  • charango
  • çığırtma
  • çifteli
  • cimbalom
  • claves
  • concertina
  • cuatro
  • daegeum
  • darbuka
  • didgeridoo
  • dhol
  • djembe
  • dholak
  • dingulator
  • damphu
  • dotara
  • dranyen
  • drum
  • ektara
  • erhu
  • fiddle
  • fujara
  • gadulka
  • gaida
  • gayageum
  • gudok
  • guitar
  • guitarra Portuguesa
  • guitalin
  • gusle
  • gusli
  • haegeum
  • hank drum
  • hardingfele
  • harmonica
  • harmonium
  • hammered dulcimer
  • hurdy-gurdy
  • jaw harp
  • jouhikko
  • jug
  • kazoo
  • kantele
  • kaval
  • khamak
  • klopotec
  • kobza
  • komuz
  • kora
  • kulintang
  • launeddas
  • låtfiol
  • lur
  • lute
  • madal
  • mandola
  • mandocello
  • mandolin & octave mandolin
  • marimbula
  • mbira/thumb piano
  • melodeon
  • mridangam
  • mountain dulcimer
  • musical saw
  • nyckelharpa
  • ocarina
  • pan flute
  • pipa
  • pogo cello
  • quena
  • phamuk
  • rebab
  • recorder
  • ravanahatha
  • rubab
  • salamiyyah
  • shofar
  • sinfonia
  • sitar
  • snare drum
  • smallpipes
  • Sarangi (Nepali)
  • Sarangi (Indian)
  • sopilka
  • spilåpipa
  • Steel Guitar
  • steelpan
  • stompbox
  • tabla
  • talking drum
  • tin whistle
  • tambura
  • tiple
  • trembita
  • tres
  • oud
  • ocarina
  • udu
  • uilleann pipes
  • ukulele
  • viola beiroa
  • viola braguesa
  • viola caipira
  • viola campaniça
  • viola da terra
  • viola toeira
  • violin
  • vuvuzela
  • washboard
  • washtub bass
  • willow flute
  • xylophone
  • yangqin
  • zampoña
  • zurna
  • zither
  • zhaleika