Playing the Big Soft Y-String

This instrument has a complex tone because the strings are Y-strings, meaning that each string forks into two strings near one end. This alters the patterns of vibration to help create the unusual tone quality. The strings are of a soft steel, with a tone less bright and more mellow than that of the more commonly used music wire. The uprights at one end are tailpieces which allow the player, by flexing one way or the other, to bend the pitch of the plucked strings up or down.

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