Doshpuluur

Name: Doshpuluur.
Type: Bowed > Chordophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321
Luther: Marat Damdyn
Country: Tuva, Russian Federation.
Region: Far East Asia.

Description: The doshpuluur (Tuvan: дошпулуур) it is a lute that is found in Tuva. It is related to other neighbouring lutes, “dobshuur”. Like other stringed instruments of Tuva, it is traditionally used as an accompaniment for a solo performance.

Varieties: There are two different versions of the doshpuluur. One version has a trapezoidal soundbox, which is covered on both sides by goat skin and is fretless. The other has a kidney-shaped soundbox mostly of wood with a small goat or snake skin roundel on the front and has frets.

Tuning: The two strings are commonly tuned a perfect fifth apart. In the following manner B F B; with the third string usually forming the octave. Sometimes the two strings are tuned a perfect fourth apart.

Playing Technique: The doshpuluur is played by plucking and strumming. There are two different versions of the doshpuluur. One version has a trapezoidal soundbox, which is covered on both sides by goat skin and is fretless. The other has a kidney-shaped soundbox mostly of wood with a small goat or snake skin roundel on the front and has frets.

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