Online Tanbur Lessons

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Farshad Haghighi
Last Update 09/07/2022
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Persian tanboor is a stringed instrument in which the strings are arranged on a long frame with a bowl-shaped body. The player uses the fingers to play tanboor. It is closely related to Setar and Dotar.

The tanbur has epic, mythical and mystical qualities and is often used to accompany epic storytelling. This instrument has traveled far and wide in time and space, taking various names and forms. Between 10 and 15 frets are placed on the tanboor. The Iranian tanboor has 3 strings and, as already mentioned, is played without a plectrum.

With relief depictions from the year 1500 BC. found on ruins at Shoosh, the instrument has ancient beginnings. With a pear-shaped cut, the tanboor was regularly made in Iran and Syria. It was later transported to Bactria via Turkey and Greece. In Egypt, the oval cut became the norm. Today tanboor is used in mystical circles to accompany the chants and mantras of the dervishes and is usually accompanied by daf on these occasions.

The maqam system is used to play tanboor. It rarely adheres strictly to rhythm, and when the piece does have rhythm it is usually very slow and heavy. Unlike other traditional instruments, tanboor has no quarter notes.

Tanboor comes in two different forms. One is an older style and the mug is made from a single piece of wood. The second style has a mug made up of a few smaller pieces tied together. The second style is easier to execute, and if there are problems with its structure, it is easier to fix. Tanboor is mainly associated with the Bakhtari region of Iran. It is also known as a staple of Kurdistan and Kermanshah Dervish culture and religious music.

In texts on Arabic music, the tanboor is praised as a complete instrument that is excellently suited to accompany singing. It is called the Iranian long-necked tanboor. Seyyed Khalil Alinezhad wrote in his dissertation Tanboor From Ancient Times to Today that tanboor was popular during the heyday of Islam in Iraq. At the same time, tanboor also became popular in Hejaz and Syria. During the Abbasid period, the tanbur became the most popular instrument. Towards the end of the Safavid era, the tanboor, like many other instruments and art forms, survived a cultural break and found its way into our modern world. According to Alinezhad, there are variations of this instrument in India, America, China, Egypt, Syria, the Balkans, Georgia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Morocco.

Tanboor is available in different sizes. Its general size varies between 87 and 95 centimeters. The board that rests on the front of the resonance pot is usually 34 to 42 centimeters high and 15 to 20 centimeters wide. The incision is usually 12 to 17 centimeters deep.

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Farshad Haghighi

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He has trained in Mystical & Traditional Music from 1989 under supervision of famous masters as follows: Mr.Seyed Khalil Alinejad, Mr.Taher Yarveysi, Mr.Iraj Dashtizadeh & Mr.Hossein Mehrani.He is professional in Tanbour, Tar, Sitar, instrumentalist. In addition he is making Tanbour & Sitar. He has teaching Tanbour in several Institutes behind some research about Tanbour style in ancient. ..
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