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Sitar

The sitar is the most popular stringed instrument in India. It is a long neck lute containing five playing strings, two drone strings, and twelve to fifteen sympathetic strings. The resonator is made of gourd (pumpkin), while the majority of the instrument is made of wood. The sitarís unique feature is that it has a bridge made of bone that is carved to a special degree of curvature allowing the sitar to produce the unique buzz. Altering the bridge will change the sound of the sitar. The fingerboard is made of wood and contains twenty heavy metal frets that are moveable for fine-tuning. The frets are also raised to allow one to pull the strings laterally to produce the ornamentation used in North Indian music.

 

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UPDATED: March 12, 2012