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The tanbur is a long-necked lute with three strings that are plucked and strummed with the fingers.


The tanbur originally comes from the Kurdish region of western Iran. It is often used in religious rituals in Kurdistan where many regard it as a sacred instrument. In The Phoenix of Persia, the sound of the tanbur represents the King and Queen, and the palace.

What other string instruments do pupils know that are plucked or strummed? What materials are those instruments made from?


Meet tanbur player Arash Moradi

Listen to the sounds of the tanbur

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