Cretan Lyra

The basic instrument of Cretan music, the Cretan lyra, first made its appearance in the 17th century, while the art of playing the lyre became common practice from the 18th century. It is a small, pear-shaped, three-string fiddle, held upright and played by stopping the strings from the side with fingernails, widespread in Crete and the Dodecanese. The strings are named 1. psilí or kandí or kandini; 2. mesakí; 3. vourgara.

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