From Kazakhstan Encyclopedia

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The jetigen (Template:Lang-kk {{#switch: |IPA=IPA: |lang=Kazakh: |pron=pronounced |=|Kazakh pronunciation: }}Template:IPA{{#if:|Template:IPA audio link }}, or dzhetigan or zhetygen) is a Kazakh seven-stringed zither similar to the Mongolian yatga or Siberian jadagan. The strings were sometimes made of horsehair.[1]

Early instruments took the form of a rectangular box, carved from wood, with strings stretched over the top. Later, a separate sounding board was added, and moveable supports were used to raise each string from the sounding board; the position of each support along its string determined the pitch of that string's note.[2]


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