Name: Doshpuluur.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Tunings: B / F# / B
Luther: Marat Damdyn.
Country: Tuva, Russian Federation.
Region: Far East Asia.

Description: The doshpuluur [in Tuvan: дошпулуур, doshpuluur] it is a lute that is found in Tuva. It is related to other neighbouring lutes, “topshur”. Like other stringed instruments of Tuva, it is traditionally used as an accompaniment for a solo performance. The doshpuluur had only two strings, three stringed instruments are the most common nowadays. There are even four stringed Doshpuluur available.

Tuning: The two strings are commonly tuned a perfect fifth apart, with the third string usually forming the octave. Sometimes the two strings are tuned a perfect fourth apart. My instrument came with the tuning B / F# / B.

Playing Technique: The doshpuluur is played by plucking and strumming, usually to accompany khoomei [throat singing].

Construction: The doshpuluur as it is a lute, it is built around a body. The doshpuluur has a neck and and as on my specimen has three single strings. The body can be constructed using differing materials. On my specimen, a membrane of goat or sheep skin is stretched across both sides of the frame.

Which makes up the sound box. The neck is inserted into the frame in which three strings travel from bottom of the instrument to the nut and head-stock. Originally wooden tuning pegs were used although it is the norm to see doshpuluur with guitar tuning gears attached in place. A moveable bridge is fitted underneath the strings.


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