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Guimbarde


      Guimbarde is a strummed instrument, on territory of Latvia it is found in excavations of XIII-XVIII centuries. There are data about playing on guimbarde from the second half of XIX century. To Latvia guimbarde, probably, has been taken from Germans or Tatars.

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Guimbardes

    Guimbarde consists of a curved metallic twig, to the middle of which a steel reed is soldered. When the twig is put against the teeth and with other hand the reed is strummed, there appears a sound Which is amplified by a resonator - the oral cavity. Height of the sound changes by changing the dimension of the oral cavity.


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