Doshpuluur

Name: Doshpuluur.
Type: Bowed > Chordophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Tunings: B F# B or C G C.
Luther: Marat Damdyn.
Country: Tuva, Russian Federation.
Region: Far East Asia.

Description: The doshpuluur [in 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, 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.

Construction: 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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