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Halszither


Alternative names: Krienser Halszither
Origin: Switzerland
Tuning: G2, D3 D3, G3 G3, B3 B3, D4 D4
Strings/Courses: 9/5
Further notes: German for 'Neck zither', to differentiate from the type of zithers with open strings played on the lap. Zither is the German equivalent of the word Cittern. Steel strings.
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Veena, Hansa


Alternative names: Hansa Veena, Hansaveena, Hansa Vina
Origin: India. A relatively recent invention.
Tuning:
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Hardingfele


Alternative names: Hardanger fiddle, Hardanger violin.
Origin: South-western Norway. The earliest example is from 1651.
Tuning: A3, D4, A4, E5 or A3, C4, A4, D5
Strings/Courses: 4/4
Further notes: Also has 8 or 9 sympathetic strings, Steel strings.
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Huapanguera


Alternative names: Quinta Huapanguera
Origin: Mexico
Tuning: G2, D3 D4, G3 G3, B3 B3, E3 or G2 G2, D3 D3, G3 G3, B3, E4.
Strings/Courses: Usually 8/5, but sometimes 6/5 (only the middle string doubled) or 5/5 (all single).
Further notes: Nylon strings
Scale Length: 620mm


Hualaycho


- See Walaycho.


Huobosi


Alternative names: Hubo, Sugudu,
Origin: China
Tuning: E2, A2, D3, G3
Strings/Courses: 4/4
Further notes: There is also an older, pear-shaped variety, but this is rare nowadays. 3 silk strings, 1 metal.
Scale Length: 620mm



Hurdy Gurdy


Alternative names:
Origin: France, 12th century.
Tuning: A A, G, C
Strings/Courses:
Further notes: Some strings are drones. Steel strings.
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Ichigenkin

Ichigenkin


Alternative names: Nigenkin (when it has 2 strings)
Origin: Japan,
Tuning:
Strings/Courses: 1/1 or 2/2
Further notes: Traditionally played in some Shinto ceremonies.
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Igil


Alternative names: Ikili, Egel, Ehel
Origin: Tuva, South-eastern Russia.
Tuning:
Strings/Courses:
Further notes: Nylon or horse hair strings.
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Imzad


- See Amzad

Irish Bouzouki


- See Bouzouki, Irish.