Tambur

Tambur

The tambur or tanbur is a fretted string instrument of Turkey and the former lands of the Ottoman Empire. Like the ney, the armudi kemençe and the kudüm, it constitutes one of the four instruments of the basic quartet of Turkish classical music, Sanat Musiği. Of the two variants, one is played with a plectrum (mızraplı tambur) and the other with a bow (yaylı tambur). A tambur player is known as a tanburî.