Rewapu

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Rewapu is a stringed musical instrument played by the people of Uygur, Tajik and Uzbek ethnicities. It has had a history of 600 years since its invention in the 14th century. Due to the frequent economic and cultural communications between Xinjiang and other ethnic groups home and abroad, Uygur people created a few musical instruments. They were based on old folk musical instrument and the strong points of foreign ones. Rewapu was one of them that were handed down to the present generations.

Rewapu is primarily made of wood, and the body is slim and long. The top is bending, and there is a semi-ball resonance box at the bottom.

There are different forms, with 3 to 9 strings. Usually, people use the most outward string to play the music, and the rest are used as resonant strings.

The sound is loud and clear, and the timber is bright and unique. It can be played in solo, ensemble or accompaniment. While performing, the person has to stay straight and keep the shoulders in balance. The instrument is horizontally put in front of the player and the organ is placed in the crook of the arm. The pole is between the thumb and index finger of the left hand.

Rewapu
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