Pamir Rubab

Name: Pamir Rubab.
Type: Chordophones > Lute.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Country: Badakhshan, Tajikistan.
Region: Central Asia.

Description: The Pamiri rubab [in Tajik: рубоб rubab] is a fretless six-stringed lute, carved from a single piece of wood with a skinhead. It is played in the Badakhshan region of Tajikistan, as part of the Pamiri musical tradition.

Playing Technique: The instrument is primarily used for drone and rhythm accompaniment. For instance accompanying spoken or sung poetry. The rubab is played for the way it sounds, the gut strings emitting a “less strident sound” than that produced by a metal strung instrument.

Construction: The Pamiri rubab has six gut strings or nylon strings, one of which, rather than running from the head to the bridge, is attached partway down the neck, much akin to the banjo.

Citations: Bibliography: “Badakhshani Instruments” [retrieved from archived website] Music and Poetry from the Pamir Mountains Musical instruments The Institute of Ismaili Studies. “Badakhshan Ensemble: Song and dance from the Pamir Mountains”. Aga Khan Development Network ;

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