Chordophone

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Chordophone

 

the general name for a musical instrument whose tone-producing element is a taut string. Chordophones are divided into plucked stringed instruments, such as the lute, mandolin, harp, dutar, balalaika, and harpsichord; bowed stringed instruments, such as the violin and viola; and hammered stringed instruments, such as the dulcimer and piano.

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