【Instrument】弹布尔 / Tambur / تانبۇر
The Tambur (Uyghur: تانبۇر, Tambur) is an Uyghur and Uzbek stringed instrument. It has a long history, a simple shape, beautiful sound, and a unique local style, often used for solo performances. In the Chinese historical records, there are translated names such as “dān bù'ěr”, “dān bù'ěr” and “dān bù ěr”. The body is wooden and the shape is scooped. The body is slender and entangled with steel strings between 16 and 20 gauge. The instrument has a very special crisp sound.
There are five steel wire strings, the inner two strings and the outer two strings are in the same tone, and have a fifth interval relationship with the middle string. The sound range is wide, the sound is crisp, and it has a rich ethnic soul. Often used in solo, ensemble or accompaniment, it is one of the main instruments of "mashrap" and the classical music of the "Twelve Muqams".
We also want to make it clear in this news article that LM recorded the Tambur with the famous Uyghur musician and plucking master Alimjan Tursun (2016). His music always reminds me of the picture in the studio office room where he played his instrument. Whether it is Xinjiang folk songs or Muqam songs, he sang and made me feel fascinated. Singing together, I always begged him to sing a song... I regret that we lost this lovely and respectable teacher a year ago. I didn't dare to listen to his music for a long time, because as soon as the sound of his music rang, I was already in tears...
See you once again in the music Sir Alimjan!