Geographic Region: West Asia
Country of origin: Iran
SvH No.: 321.321
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While the name of the setar literally means three strings, the instrument has actually had four strings since the mid 19th century. The resonator of the setar pictured above is constructed from strips of mulberry, although some setar bodies are carved from a single piece of wood. It is a light and delicate instrument. There are usually about 25 movable frets tied around the neck. The strings are steel.
Tuning and technique
The strings are usually tuned c-c'-g-c'. The strings are strummed by the index finger of the right hand, without the aid of a plectrum.
History and context
The setar is most often played as a solo instrument, or accompanies voice, in the art music of Iran.
Jean During and Alastair Dick. "Setār." In Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online, http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/46904 (accessed May 20, 2010).
Last Modified: 03-Jun-2010TOP