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Tanbur - Uzbek traditional music instrument

Instrument of Uzbek Music, Tanbur

The terms TanburTanbūrTanburaTamburTambura or Tanboor can refer to various long-necked, string instrument originating in Mesopotamia, Southern or Central Asia. Nowadays the term Tanbur (or Tambur) is applied to a variety of distinct and related long-necked string instruments used in art and folk traditions in India, Iraqi Kurdistan, Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkey, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan.

The Uzbek Tanbur has four metal strings that run over a small loose bridge to a bit of wood at the edge of the body. It is always played with a wire plectrum on the index-finger. Its body is carved from a hollowed out piece of mulberry wood, and the front is made from mulberry. Its neck is often decorated with inlay bone or white plastic.


  • Dutor (long-necked fretted lute)
  • Rubob (long-necked fretted lute)
  • Tor (long-necked fretted lute)
  • Ud (long-necked fretted lute)
  • Gʻijjak (spike fiddle)
  • Chang (struck zither)


  • Karnay (long trumpet)
  • Nay (side-blown flute)
  • Qoʻshnay (clarinet like instrument made from reed)
  • Surnay (loud oboe)