Kokle

 

 

  Kokle is strummed string instrument. Kokle is put on knees or on a table. By the right hand the vibration of strings is created, and by the left hand the unnecessary strings are muffled. Kokle tunes vary, basically they are diatonic. The bottom string has a role of a burdon - it sounds constantly.
    Kokle has a hollowed trapezoid case, covered with a thin plate - deck. The string pins are made from wood and are inserted into apertures in the wide end of the case in parallelly to the edge. At the narrower edge there is a metallic bar, on which the other ends of strings are reeled up. The strings from plants, brass and steel are applied. Traditionally, there were 6-9 strings, later more than ten strings have also been used.
 


 
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