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String instrument
Other names Kouitra, Quitra, Quwytara.
Classification String instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification
(Composite chordophone)
Related instruments
Oud, Mandolin, Mandolute

The Kwitra (also kouitra and quitra); Arabic الكوترة or عود أندلسي (literally Andalusian Oud); is a stringed instrument from Algeria. It is a regional instrument in the Lute family of instruments, related to Chitarra Italiana. [1] [2]

It has 8 strings in 4 courses. It is tuned G3 G3, E4 E4, A3 A3, D4 D4. The traditional strings are made of animal intestines.


  1. ^ "ATLAS of Plucked Instruments - Africa". Retrieved 10 March 2012. 
  2. ^ "La famille du Oud". Retrieved 10 March 2012. 

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