This rabab is made of a walnut soundbox in an elongated oval shape. The top has an upper part covered in thin cooper sheet that is chiselled and decorated with three small rosettes. The lower part is covered with goat skin. The neck also has two large keys to hold two sheep gut strings that pass over a reed bridge. Fingering is obtained by laterally hooking the string which does not have any direct contract with the fretboard. The bow is very curved and is made of horse hair. The rabab has a low range and its music is written in the key of F. It has an strange nasal tone and gives richly harmonic sounds. It is tuned in fifths (G-D).
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Canadian Heritage Information Network, Centre des recherches et études andalouses, Centre des musiques arabes et méditerranéennes Ennejma Ezzahra, Musée de la musique, Laboratoire de recherche des musiques du monde, Musée acadien de l'Université de Moncton, Canadian Museum of Civilization, Musée d'art et d'archéologie de l'Université d'Antananarivo, Musée ethnographique Alexandre Sènou Adande, Musée national du Mali, St. Boniface Museum, Lycée de langues étrangères Alexandre Dumas, Museum of the Romanian Peasant

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