Stringed Instrument


Sarod is a stringed musical instrument as popular as sitar, used mainly in Hindustani Music. It is a fretless instrument but can produce continuous slides between noyes known as Meend. In Hindustani Music, Meend refers to a glide from one note to another. The word Sarod means more or les “Beautiful Sound” or “Melody” in Persian. The design of the instrument depends on the school (Gharana) playing it. Conventionally there are three main types having 17 to 25-strings. Four to five main strings of the lute-like instrument are used for playing the melody. One or two are drone strings. Two of them are chikari strings and nine to eleven sympathetic strings. The strings of Sarod are either made of steel or phosphor bronze and are plucked with a triangular Plectrum made of ...


Tar is a stringed, long-necked, waisted and Iranian musical instrument belonging to the Lute Family. Tar is used in many countries like Iran, Armenia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan etc. It is one of the most important musical instruments in Iran and Caucasus and Persian Classical Music. The body of Tar is double-bowl shaped and carved from Mulberry wood with a thin stretched Lamb-Skin membrane covering the top portion. There is a Fingerboard as well as Tuning Pegs. The Fingerboard consists of 25 to 28 adjustable gut frets. There are three double course of strings on the Tar. The instrument is played with a small brass plectrum. Let us watch a short video on Tar Video provided only for illustration – Credit: Cerddoriaeth Fynyddig / Mountain Music 0-1