Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.321.6
Region: Central Asia.
Description: The dombyra is a two stringed lute of the Kazakhs of Centra Asia.
Playing Technique: In the shertpe style of playing which originated in east Kazakhstan. The index finger and thumb of the right hand are used to pluck the strings, while in the tökpe style found in west Kazakhstan. All the fingers of the right hand are used simultaneously to strum them. Important performers have included Tättimbet Qazanghepuly.
Construction: The western dömbra is pear-shaped and usually has 12 to 14 frets, while the eastern model may have a spade-shaped or triangular body, a shorter neck and five to nine frets. The body of the instrument may be made of oak, pine, fir, cedar or maple. The strings were formerly made of gut but are now made of nylon; they may be tuned a 2nd, a 4th or a 5th apart or in unison.
Citations: Bibliography: Websites: Oxford music online.com / dombyra article by Mark Slobin revised by Razia Sultanova ;