Gadulka


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Gadulka

 

(also gudulka), Bulgarian bowed instrument. The body is wooden, hollow, and pear-shaped; the neck is wide and has no frets. In addition to three or four playing strings, this instrument frequently has as many as seven to ten strings for resonance. It is tuned at intervals of fourths and fifths and has a soft, flageolet-like sound. The gadulka is used, for the most part, to play dances and folk songs.

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