Dutar

Source: Global Times [17:11 March 17 2011]

A long-necked plucked lute with two nylon (formerly silk) strings tuned a fifth or sometimes a fourth apart, with seventeen chromatic frets. The dutar is beautifully decorated, like all Uygur lutes, with settings in horn or bone.

It is used to accompany folksongs, and as a supporting instrument in the Muqam. A dutar can be found in almost every Uygur home, and is the sole instrument that Uygur women have traditionally played.

It is played glissando, mainly on the upper string but with some heterophony from the thumb on the lower string.