Kamancheh is another string instrument of Persian music. It has four strings. These parallel strings extend through the length of the instrument. The sound created by Kamancheh is attractive and somehow muffled. The main body is usually constructed from Morus wood. Kamancheh dates back to pre-Islamic era of Iran. In Baluchestan region, Persian Kamancheh is known as Qeyzhak, main difference: it has more strings. The muffled sound is a signature of Maestro Bahari’s school of Kamancheh. The more progressive way of playing has been mainly developed by Maestro Keyhan Kalhor. In countries such as Egypt, the instrument is known as Robab. Another historical fact: The Ottomans had a 3-string Kamancheh (15 to 17 century A.D.). A bow is mainly used to play Kamancheh.
The player usually sits down and places the base of the instrument on the floor or depending on the shape of base, the player can choose to sit on a chair and place the base on his/her lap. Anyhow, the instrument will tilt and rotate during a performance to accommodate the easy contact of the bow with the strings. Bow is usually held with the right hand and the instruments and strings are handled with the left hand. Kamancheh is perfect for solo and duet performances.
Rhythmitica presents Kamancheh online lessons via Skype by Negar Kharkan This music online class can be taken in Persian and English languages. In order to register for Online Kamancheh lessons, please book a free consultation session first.In this session you can talk directly with the manager via Skype and ask your questions about the class, methods, discounts or Persian instruments.After this session, you can set a time for weekly classes.