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The music of Central Asia is as vast and unique as the many cultures and peoples who inhabit the region (that is, not particularly vast or unique). Map of Central Asia showing three sets of possible boundaries for the region Central Asia located as a region of the world Central Asia is a vast landlocked region of Asia. ...

Principal instrument types are two- or three-stringed lutes, the necks either fretted or fretless; fiddles made of horsehair; flutes, mostly open at both ends and either end-blown or side-blown; and Jews' harps, either metal or, often in Siberia, wooden. Percussion instruments include frame drums, tambourines, and kettledrums. The lute is a plucked string instrument with a fretted neck and a deep round back. ... The fiddle is a violin played as a folk instrument. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Jews harp, from an American Civil War camp near Winchester, Virginia The Jews harp is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. ... Siberian Federal District (dark red) and the broadest definition of Siberia (red) Udachnaya pipe Siberia (Russian: , Sibir; Tatar: ) is a vast region of Russia constituting almost all of Northern Asia. ... A percussion instrument can be any object which produces a sound by being struck with an implement, shaken, rubbed, scraped, or by any other action which sets the object into vibration. ...

Instrumental polyphony is achieved primarily by lutes and fiddles. On the other hand, vocal polyphony is achieved in different ways: Bashkirs hum a basic pitch while playing solo flute. Polyphony is a musical texture consisting of two or more independent melodic voices, as opposed to music with just one voice (monophony) or music with one dominant melodic voice accompanied by chords (homophony). ... The Bashkirs, a Turkic people, live in Russia, mostly in the republic of Bashkortostan. ...


Almaty or Bust! Central Asian Music and Culture

Central Asian music

Afghanistan | Badakhshan | Buryatia | Gansu | Inner Mongolia | Kazakhstan | Khakassia
Kyrgyzstan - Mongolia | Qinghai | Tajikistan | Tibet | Turkmenistan | Tuva | Uzbekistan | Xinjiang Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... Badakhshan is a region of Tajikistan and Afghanistan with a unique musical heritage, especially that of the remote Pamiri Ismailis. ... Buryatia is a part of the Russian Federation. ... Gansu is a region in northwest China. ... Inner Mongolia is a province of China, with traditions related to Tuvan music and Mongolian music. ... Khakassia is a region in Russia. ... Qinghai is a province of China inhabited by Tibetans, Mongolians and others. ... Tibet is a region of China, culturally very distinct from the rest of China. ... Tuva is a part of Russia, inhabited by a people related to the nearby Mongolians. ... Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region is dominated by Uighurs, a Turkic people related to others from Central Asia. ...

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