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Tambura

Easy entry into Indian soundscapes

The tambura is a 4 or 5 stringed accompaniment instrument from India.

In contrast to the Indian tambura, the Meerklang tambura is light and very easy to handle, yet it still has a very full and beautiful sound.

Tambura - Manufaktur Meerklang
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Sound

The strings are strung across a snare bridge, which creates the warm buzzing sound full of overtones which has been the hallmark of Indian music for centuries.

In classical Indian music the accompaniment instruments have no chord changes. The root note remains constant throughout the piece and provides a background for the melody instrument. The melody instrument can be a violin, a flute, vocals, a santur or another instrument.

As there are no harmonic changes in the accompaniment, it is much simpler for the melody players to improvise freely, because they do not have to consider chord changes in the flow of their melody.

Applications

The tambura is similar to a monochord and just as easy to play.

  • Improvisation

  • Sound meditation

  • Music therapy

  • Sound healing

  • Trance work

  • Voice formation

  • Shamanic work

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Tambura, 95 cm - Manufactury Meerklang
Tambura, 95 cm
Tambura, 120 cm - Manufactury Meerklang
Tambura, 120 cm
Tambura, 155 cm - Manufactury Meerklang
Tambura, 155 cm

Versions

The tambura is available in three different sizes and tunings:

Length Width Height Tuning Number of strings
95 cm 24 cm 6 cm G/g/g/g/D 5
120 cm 24 cm 7 cm C/h/c/c/g 5
155 cm 24 cm 8 cm A/gis/a/a/E 5

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  • Tuning wrench

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