Setar

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For other uses, see Setar (disambiguation).
For the Indian instrument, see sitar.
Setar.jpg
A typical Iranian Setar
String instrument
Classification Plucked
Hornbostel–Sachs classification 32*
Related instruments
Tambouras, Tar, Tanbur
Musicians
Ebadi, Alizadeh,

Setar (Persian: سه‌تار‎, from seh, meaning "three" and tār, meaning "string") is a Persian musical instrument used across Greater Iran and Central asia. It is a member of the lute family, which is played with index finger of the right hand. Two and a half centuries ago, a fourth string was added to setar. it has 25 - 27 moveable frets which are usually made of animal intestines or silk. It originated in Persia before the spread of Islam.[1]


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Uyghur variant[edit]

Satar (Uyghur: ساتار‎; Chinese: 萨塔尔琴) is an important instrument in 12 muqam.

Notable setar players[edit]

Hamid Motebassem and his setar

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