strumento musicaleTypical long necked lute, with a round sounding board made in wood and covered with skin (mostly fish). Instrument of iranian origin, it showed around 7th century A.D. Many different kinds of Rubob can be found, and they differ for number of strings, shape and dimension. Very common in Central Asia (Afghanistan in particolar), the rubob (also known as rubab or robab) in its Uzbek version is pretty similar to the western China version and to the Tajik one. It features a neck with 21 frets and 5 strings: the first two are tuned as one, and so the other two, while the last string stands alone. The uzbek rubob is a quite recent instrument: its creator is Muhammadjan Mirzaev, father of the great musician Shavkat Mirzaev, who is one of the outstanding musicians of Uzbek traditional music.


Made of: wood (neck and sounding board); metal (strings); mother of pearl (ornaments)
Lenght: variable
Width: variable
Played with: plectrum, fingers


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musical instrument rubob