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Tor - Uzbek traditional music instrument

Instrument of Uzbek Music, Tor

Tor or Tar is a Persian long-necked, waisted instrument, shared by many cultures and countries like Iran, Armenia,Georgia, Republic of Azerbaijan, and other areas near the Caucasus region. The word Tār means "string" in Persian, though it might have the same meaning in languages influenced by Persian.

The Tar appeared in its present form in the middle of the eighteenth century in Persia. The body is a double-bowl shape carved from mulberry wood, with a thin membrane of stretched lamb-skin covering the top.


  • Dutor (long-necked fretted lute)
  • Rubob (long-necked fretted lute)
  • Tanbur (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)