Can You Name All of These String Instruments?

By: Jacqueline Samaroo
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A simple piece of string tied to a simple stick; that was all it took for stringed instruments to be born. Nowadays, when the term "stringed instrument" is uttered, most people initially think of acoustic guitars, violins, cellos, and electric guitars. However, while these may be the types of stringed instruments that are at the forefront of pop culture today, that list hasn't even scratched the surface of what the history of stringed instruments has to offer. Stringed instruments were not just limited to Europe. In fact, before the advent of the violin and the cello, historical civilizations in ancient China, India, Egypt, and Greece, were all plucking away at stringed instruments!

All of this should not come as a surprise to anyone since it has been evident that music is, without a doubt, the universal language. In this melodic quiz, we've taken a trip around the world and sought out some of the most iconic stringed instruments from various cultures! So, are you ready to prove that you are a musical savant? Then, let's get started!

The violin that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in Italy. While they are most often used in Western classical music, they have also influenced folk music, jazz, rock music, and country music.

This is a banjo, a stringed instrument that is derived from instruments that had been used in the Caribbean by West Africans in the 17th century. As a result of this, it occupied a central place in African-American traditional music before entering the mainstream in the 19th century.

The harp that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in the Middle East. Harps can be found throughout history all over the world and they vary greatly in both size and shape.

This is a tanpura, a stringed instrument that originated in India. It is notable for its long neck and its role in supporting the melody of other instruments.

The sarangi that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in South Asia. It is extremely popular in Nepal and is said to closely resemble the sound of the human voice.

This is an ukulele, a stringed instrument that originated in Hawaii. They usually come in four sizes; baritone, tenor, concert, and soprano.

The haegeum that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in the Korean peninsula. It consists of a hollow wooden soundbox, a rod-like neck, and two silk strings.

This is a bajo sexto, a stringed instrument that originated in Mexico. It is notable for being the sister instrument to the similarly named bajo quinto.

The cello that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in Italy. It is the second-largest and second lowest-pitched bowed string instrument in the modern symphony orchestra.

The fiddle that is shown here is a stringed instrument that is a part of many traditional styles of music. While violins and fiddles are very similar (and sometimes interchangeable), oftentimes smaller and more primitively constructed violins are more likely to be called fiddles.

This is a sarod, a stringed instrument that originated in India. It contrasts the popular sitar by having a deep and weighty sound.

The charango that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in South America. It is recognized for its traditionally small size and for being made from the back of an armadillo.

This is a guitar, a stringed instrument that originated in Spain, although it took a lot of inspiration from several older instruments that came before it. There are several types of modern guitars; including the electric guitar and the acoustic guitar.

The zither that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated sometime during antiquity. The zither lacks a neck and has a flat, thin body over which several strings are stretched.

This is a langeleik, a stringed instrument that originated in Norway. It is closely related to the zither in both composition and appearance.

This is a chapey, a stringed instrument that originated in Cambodia. It is a long-necked, two-stringed guitar with nylon strings.

The begena that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in Ethiopia. It is widely considered to be largely similar to the instrument (or the exact instrument) that David used to soothe King Saul's nerves.

The yehu that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in China. The soundbox of the instrument is actually crafted from a coconut.

This is a doshpuluur, a stringed instrument that originated in Russia. Traditional versions of the instrument have only two strings; however, there are variants that have up to four strings.

The gittern that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in Western Europe. It was notably used by court musicians and minstrels.

The cittern that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated during the early Renaissance period. It was widely used and is comparable in this way to the modern guitar.

This is a sintir, a stringed instrument that originated in Northern Africa. It is a three-stringed skin-covered bass-plucked lute.

The mandolin that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in Italy. It is widely considered to be a part of the lute family.

The sitar that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in India. It is visually distinguished by its gourd-shaped resonance chamber.

This is a viola, a stringed instrument that is slightly larger than a violin. It is the alto (middle) voice in the violin family; between the cello and violin.

The koto that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in Japan. It is notable for being largely influenced by the zheng, a Chinese stringed instrument.

This is a balalaika, a stringed instrument that originated in Russia. It is notable for its visually striking triangular shape and long neck.

The pandura that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in Ancient Greece. It is considered to belong to the general class of the lute and guitar.

The octobass that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in France. It is over 11 feet tall and very rare. There are only seven of them in the world.

The term lute can either apply to the broad class of instruments or the specific European lute. It is a relatively small instrument and produces a quiet sound.

The domra that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in Eastern Europe. It is related to the lute and has a rounded body with three or four metal strings.

The duxianqin that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in China. It is notably inspired by the Vietnamese đàn bầu.

The mesenqo that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in Ethiopia. It is an ancient instrument that featured only a single string.

This is a psaltery, a stringed instrument that originated in Ancient Greece. It originally belonged to the harp family but has evolved to be a part of the zither family.

The cuatro that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in South America and the West Indies. They can vary in appearance, looking like either a small classical guitar or having a viola-like shape.

This is a tar, a stringed instrument that originated in Iran. It is a notable part of Persian classical music history and one of the most important instruments in the area.

The sarinda that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in India. It is a lesser known relative of the popular Sarangi.

The kora that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in West Africa. It features 21 strings, 10 of which are played by the right hand and eleven by the left hand.

This is a bouzouki, a stringed instrument that originated from Greek immigrants from Turkey. Since its introduction, it has become a key instrument in Greek music.

The gayageum that is shown here is a stringed instrument that originated in Korea. It commonly (and historically) features only 12 strings; however, there have been recent variants that have up to 21 strings.

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