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.
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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