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Traditional Instruments: Bağlama

Country: Turkey

Type: String Instrument


It is a traditional instrument belonging to which country/countries?

Baglama, also known as saz, is a type of string instrument popular in Turkish folk music.

What are the Features of Bağlama ?

It is played by striking the strings with a Tezene plectrum made of cherry tree bark. The pear-shaped boat is carved from a tree stump. Depending on the technique, it is played with a plectrum or with the fingers.

Where Does Bağlama's History Rise?

The ancestor of baglama, which has a history of 1500 years, is actually Kopuz. It was brought to Anatolia by the wandering Turkish tribes in Central Asia. The name Bağlama emerged at the beginning of the 18th century. If we look at the sources in Anatolia, Yunus Emre used the name baglama in the texts of the 18th century. Before that, there is information about stringed instruments in the works of Evliya Çelebi.

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