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UkeToaster
06-20-2011, 07:51 AM
Anyone know any instruments (stringed) that are of different parts of the world or are just unique..i really want to pick up another instrument.

hoosierhiver
06-20-2011, 08:13 AM
The Thai Phin is very cool, three strings.

Bradford
06-20-2011, 08:14 AM
It is not stringed, but if you want to expand your musical experience I heartily recommend you look into the Native American flute. It is by far the easiest instrument to learn to play. It is also a wonderful gateway instrument because once you become proficient with it, the tin whistle and Irish flute are easily picked up.

Brad

lovinforkful
06-20-2011, 08:17 AM
A couple clicks on Wikipedia will lead to some really interesting stringed instruments. New to me today is the Hardingfele, the traditional Norwegian fiddle. Similar to the uke, there's its ancestor the cavaquinho, or you could check out the tiple.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lute

mm stan
06-20-2011, 08:29 AM
http://honolulu.craigslist.org/oah/msg/2449816876.html

itsme
06-20-2011, 08:30 AM
The Thai Phin is very cool, three strings.
Another three-stringer is the Russian balalaika:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Balalaika

patico
06-20-2011, 08:39 AM
Tahitian Ukelele !!!!
absolutely amazing instrument

ichadwick
06-20-2011, 08:44 AM
Sitar. Veena. Oud. Cumbus. Bazouki. All great instruments.

Hippie Dribble
06-20-2011, 09:38 AM
what about the Kalimba (African Thumb Piano)? I have one and it's gorgeous and sweet sounding. Small, not too expensive and chimes like an angel. :)

hoosierhiver
06-20-2011, 09:44 AM
John plays a mean erhu.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvK3edWQXdQ&feature=relmfu

uke4ia
06-20-2011, 10:11 AM
I like Madagascar music, and they have a lot of interesting local stringed instruments. The valiha is a zither strung lengthwise along the outside of a bamboo tube, often strung with bicycle brake cable. A marovany is another zither with strings on both sides of a box. A kabosy is a small guitar that sounds somewhere between a mandolin and uke, with partial frets so the instrument can only play the pentatonic scale. And a jejy voatavo uses a big hollowed gourd as a resonator.


Valiha:
http://madagascarsound.100webspace.net/Pic/nouns-valiha.gif


Marovany:
http://madagascarsound.100webspace.net/Pic/nouns-marovany.gif


Kabosy (This one was made by a UU member):
http://www.wsukes.com/temp/kabosy.jpg


Jejy Voatavo:
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_VcRetvJqu_U/SPdxhfTo6ZI/AAAAAAAAB-4/cFkvEP8Ca2k/s400/Jejy+voatavo+(cithare+sur+b%C3%A2ton).jpg

fumanshu
06-20-2011, 10:27 AM
ok, it's not quite a world instrument, but the Mountain Dulcimer is quite a nice instrument.... I'm looking myself to buy one.

FiL
06-20-2011, 11:03 AM
Check out the Atlas of Plucked Instruments: www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com (http://www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com). I'll take one of each, please!

- FiL

allanr
06-20-2011, 11:18 AM
If you are ever in or near Toronto, we have a great little shop that specializes in world music instruments. The people that run it are great, and encourage lots of hands-on experiencing of their wares.

Musideum (http://www.musideum.com/html/home.html)

mm stan
06-20-2011, 11:25 AM
How about this one and it sounds perfect...http://www.captainukuleles.co.nz/backpacker.html

Dougf
06-20-2011, 11:57 AM
I'm thinking of featuring one of these on my next youtube song:

washtub bass (http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/dd/Fritz_Richmond_On_Washtub_Bass.jpg)

greenway
06-20-2011, 12:01 PM
The Berinbao (spelling?) and the shamisen!

Doc_J
06-20-2011, 12:27 PM
Nose flute:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4E-KpTk7ysE&feature=mfu_in_order&list=UL

Susie A
06-20-2011, 01:43 PM
I have a psaltery I may be willing to sale :)

lookingforcurly
06-20-2011, 04:46 PM
Go to House of Music Traditions web site and look through all the unique stringed instruments under "Exotic Instruments". If you live near the Washington, DC area stop in and play them. They are located in Takoma Park, MD.

http://www.hmtrad.com/

Uke Republic
06-20-2011, 04:57 PM
http://youtu.be/lw-hKjhj7-Q

Perhaps Frog or Melodica?

webby
06-20-2011, 08:33 PM
http://www.polynesianjunk.com/uploads/2/8/1/9/2819483/4089272_orig.jpg

ricdoug
06-20-2011, 09:21 PM
http://www.mid-east.com/

UkeToaster
06-21-2011, 03:12 PM
thanks for all this feedback! If you've got anything else to say, say it! :) I love looking at new instruments.

didgeridoo2
06-21-2011, 03:33 PM
Learn to play the igil!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opHx1NZMp1g&feature=youtube_gdata_player

uke4ia
06-21-2011, 04:58 PM
Learn to play the igil!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opHx1NZMp1g&feature=youtube_gdata_player

I would, but my daughter already gets upset every time I try to throat sing!

UkeToaster
06-21-2011, 08:39 PM
this igil looks AWESOME!

vacuousnacho
06-21-2011, 11:27 PM
definitely the shamisen!

felip
06-22-2011, 03:57 AM
Here we have 2 kinds of "guitarr˛ valenciÓ",

http://blocs.mesvilaweb.cat/node/view/id/141626

It's like a uku, but with 5 strings and a different tuning.
We also have "band˙rria"
http://ca.wikipedia.org/wiki/Band%C3%BArria
Octavilla:
http://plectrumgaditanum.foroactivo.com/t335-octavilla-de-tomas-leal

etc...

ckellogg
09-20-2011, 05:36 AM
I just watched the current episode of "Journeys in Japan" (http://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/english/tv/journeys/index.html), on NHK tv (from Japan). There's a section on a maker of Kaniken Shamisen, which means "Tin Can Shamisen". Not ukulele, but pretty damn cool!

TheOnlyUkeThatMatters
09-20-2011, 05:41 AM
Charango!!

josh.kattelman
09-20-2011, 06:08 AM
Not a "world" instrument in the strictest sense, but I'm partial to the recorder. :) You could always go really Ye Olde and get a clavichord!

uke4ia
09-20-2011, 11:47 AM
Not a "world" instrument in the strictest sense, but I'm partial to the recorder. :) You could always go really Ye Olde and get a clavichord!

If you haven't heard it yet, check out Phillip Pickett's "The Bones of All Men". Pickett plays recorder and other early woodwinds. On this album, he joined with Richard Thompson and members of Fairport Convention to play updated versions of 16th century dance music. On "Lo Ballo Dell'intorcia", Pickett on recorder and Thompson on electric guitar trade four bar solos.

Maxjunk
09-20-2011, 12:48 PM
It isn't stringed, but the middle eastern Dumbek (hand drum) is very fun and easy to pick up. Just make sure you don't have long nails :p

Lalz
09-30-2011, 02:34 PM
The ngoni!
...aka xhalam (ngoni in Mali, xhalam in Senegal)
...aka ancestor of the banjo
...aka awesomest instrument in the world after the ukulele.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2gBZ2rn-SQ&feature=related

4 strings!

SuzukHammer
09-30-2011, 02:39 PM
I just bought an electric Oud and am reading up on the theory of Arabic music.

Moldybread
09-30-2011, 03:20 PM
Nyckelharpa
One of my favorite musical groups, Vasen, features it. Here's a video of their nykelharpist, Olov Johansson playing with a harpist.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CWNCP8buNQ8

lookingforcurly
09-30-2011, 04:39 PM
Check out House of Musical Traditions in Takoma Park, MD. http://www.hmtrad.com/

UKEonomics
10-01-2011, 05:48 AM
if you can afford to buy a country, Croatia has something that I've always wanted to check out in person called the "sea organ". It's pretty sweet! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_organ

DaveVisi
10-01-2011, 06:00 AM
Have fun!

http://www.atlasofpluckedinstruments.com/index.htm