The Stringed Instrument Database The Stringed Instrument Database: D

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Dan Day


Alternative names: Danday, Vo de cam, Dan Dai
Origin: Vietnam
Tuning: G3, C4, F4
Strings/Courses: 3/3
Further notes: Nylon or silk strings.
Scale Length: 940-950mm



Dan Nguyet


Alternative names: Nguyet cam, Dan kim, Moon lute, Moon guitar
Origin: Vietnam
Tuning: There is no fixed tuning, but the 2 strings are usually tuned a fourth or fifth apart.
Strings/Courses: 2/2
Further notes: Nylon or silk strings or fishing line.
Scale Length: 720-750mm



Dan Sen


Alternative names: Moon lute, Moon guitar
Origin: Vietnam
Tuning: There is no fixed tuning, but the 2 strings are usually tuned a fourth or fifth apart.
Strings/Courses: 2/2
Further notes: Nylon or silk strings or fishing line.
Scale Length: 600-650mm



Dangubica


Alternative names: Samica, Kuterevka
Origin: Balkan mountains, South-eastern Euope.
Tuning: No Standard tuning but fouths or fifths between the two courses are common. Considered a folk instrument.
Strings/Courses: 2/2, 4/2 or 4/4
Further notes: Loosely translated, the word dangubica means "to lose the day". Steel strings.
Scale Length: No standard due to being folk instruments, but 400-500mm is common.



Dan Tinh


Alternative names: Tin Tau
Origin: Northern Vietnam
Tuning: No standard.
Strings/Courses: 2/2
Further notes: Silk, Nylon or fishing wire strings.
Scale Length: 720-800mm



Dan Ty Ba


Alternative names:
Origin: Vietnam. Evolved from the Chinese Pipa.
Tuning: No fixed pitch, but the strings are tuned in intervals of a fourth, a second and then a fourth.
Strings/Courses: 4/4
Further notes: Silk or Nylon strings.
Scale Length: 680mm



Dihu


Alternative names: Dadihu, Dahu, Ziaodihu, Zhongdihu.
Origin: China, 1930's.
Tuning: G2, D3 or D3, A3.
Strings/Courses: 2/2
Further notes: A larger version of the Erhu. Steel strings.
Scale Length:



Dilruba


Alternative names:
Origin: Northern India, 1800's.
Tuning: No absolute pitch, but the strings are tuned to set intervals depending on the ragas being played.
Strings/Courses: 4/4
Further notes: 4 playing strings and 12-15 sympathetic strings. Steel strings.
Scale Length:748-750mm



Diyingehu


Alternative names: Digehu, Beigehu, Bass Gehu.
Origin: China, 20th century, by Yang Yusen.
Tuning:
Strings/Courses: 4/4
Further notes: Steel strings.
Scale Length:



Dombra


Alternative names: Dombura, Dombira, Dombyra, Danbura, Dumbura.
Origin: Kazakhstan
Tuning: The strings are tuned a fourth or fifth apart.
Strings/Courses: 2/2
Further notes:
Scale Length: 730-750mm



Dombra, Kalmyk


Alternative names:
Origin: Kalmykia, south-western Russia.
Tuning:
Strings/Courses: 2/2
Further notes:
Scale Length:



Domra


Alternative names:
Origin: Russia, 1896, although based on an earlier instrument.
Tuning: E4, A4, D5 for the Prima. E3, A3, D4 for the Alto. B2, E3, A3 for the Tenor. E2, A2, D3 for the Bass. E1, A1, D2 or A1, D2, G2 for the Contrabass.
Strings/Courses: 3/3
Further notes: Steel strings.
Scale Length: 350-420mm for the Prima. 500-520 for the Alto. 550-580mmm for the Tenor. 780-800mm for the Bass.



Domra (Ukrainian)


Alternative names:
Origin: Developed in 1905 in Moscow, Russia. Now mainly played in the Ukraine, whereas in Russia, the 3-stringed version above is played.
Tuning: G3, D4, A4, E5.
Strings/Courses: 4/4
Further notes: Steel strings.
Scale Length: 350-380mm



Donskoy Ryley


Alternative names: Donsloy Ryley
Origin: Russia
Tuning:
Strings/Courses:
Further notes: Evolved from the Hurdy Gurdy.
Scale Length:



Doshpuluur


Alternative names:
Origin: Tuva, eastern Russia.
Tuning: The strings are usually tuned a fifth apart.
Strings/Courses: 2/2 or 3/3
Further notes: Steel strings.
Scale Length: 610mm



Dotar


Alternative names: Dutar, Dutor, Doutar
Origin: Central Asia, from Uzbekistan to Western China. 15th century.
Tuning: A fourth or fifth between the two strings.
Strings/Courses: 2/2
Further notes: Nylon or silk strings.
Scale Length: Varies. There is no standard. Can be up to 2 metres.



Dotara


Alternative names: Dotora
Origin: India and Bangladesh
Tuning: G2 G3, C4, G4, G4, C5
Strings/Courses: 6/5, 5/5 or 4/4
Further notes: Most popular in Bangladesh. Steel strings.
Scale Length: 400-450mm



Double Bass


Alternative names: Upright Bass
Origin: Italy, 16th century.
Tuning: E1, A1, D2, G2
Strings/Courses: 4/4
Further notes: Steel strings.
Scale Length: 1050-1100mm



Dranyen


Alternative names: Dramyin, Dramnyen
Origin: Nepal and Tibet
Tuning: A3 A3, D4 D3 D3, G3 G3
Strings/Courses: 7/3
Further notes: Nylon or silk strings.
Scale Length: 650-850mm



Dulcimer (Appalachian/Mountain)


Alternative names:
Origin: USA
Tuning: A2, D3, A3. There are many other tunings using different modal scales, but this is the most common.
Strings/Courses: 3/3, 4/3, 6/3 or others.
Further notes: Not to be confused with the hammered Dulcimer. Steel strings.
Scale Length: The standard is 654mm, but varies widely.


Dulcitar

- See Strumstick.