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Persian Setar Long-Necked Lute

Dr. Peyman Nasehpour on Tonbak and Ostad Massoud Shoari on Setar in 2001 Festival of Improvisation Held in Tehran, Iran.

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Persian setar is a four-stringed long-necked lute played in Persian classical instrument. It is definitely one of the most favorite music instruments for Iranians. Setar had three strings in the past, this is why it was called setar. Se and tar in Persian language mean three and string respectively. According to the history of Persian music, a very famous icon of setar, Moshtagh Ali Shah, added the fourth string. Setar has 25-27 movable frets and is played by the nail of the index finger.


Famous setar players include Mirza Abdollah, Saeed Hormozi, Yousef Foroutan, Ahmad Ebadi, Arsalan Darghahi, Abolhasan Saba, Dariush Safvat, Mohammad Reza Lotfi, Hossein Alizadeh, Jalal Zolfonun, Dariush Talai, Hamid Motebassem, Massoud Shaari and Sadjad Pourghannad.


Listen to the vocals of Ostad Nasrollah Nasehpour accompanied on setar by Ostad Mohammad Reza Lotfi and on tonbak by Ostad Nasser Farhangfar: