Zither

The zither is a musical string instrument, most commonly found in Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, northwestern Croatia, the southern regions of Germany, alpine Europe and East Asian cultures, including China. The term "cithare" or "sitar", or "cithar" is also used more broadly, to describe the entire family of stringed instruments in which the strings do not extend beyond the sounding box, including the hammered dulcimer, psaltery, Appalachian dulcimer, guqin, guzheng (Chinese zither), koto, gusli, kantele, gayageum, đàn tranh, kanun, autoharp, santoor, yangqin, piano, harpsichord, santur, swarmandal, and others. It is played by strumming or plucking the strings like a guitar.

Read more about Zither:  Etymology and Instrument Family, History and Development, Playing

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Zither - Playing
... The zither is played by plucking the strings while it lies flat on a table, which acts as a resonator to amplify the sound ... few as two or three, or as many as thirteen, depending on the type of zither ...
Duke Maximilian Joseph In Bavaria - Folk-music
... Under his influence the zither started to be used in court circles and eventually became identified as the national musical instrument of Bavaria ... of his interest he received the nickname Zither-Maxl ... He himself played the zither and also composed music for it ...
Guitar Zither
... The guitar zither (also chord zither or fretless zither) is a musical instrument consisting of a sound-box with two sets of unstopped strings ... May 29, 1894 by Fred Menzenhauer, the guitar zither came into use in the late 19th century and was widely mass-produced in the United States and in ... of the family of chordophones, the guitar zither is closely related to the Autoharp ...
Adam Darr
... Court Zitherist Johann Petzmayer, who became his zither teacher ... In the last 10 years of his life, Darr composed music for the guitar, zither, and voice ... During this time he published many works for the zither including his famous Zither Method ...
Tales From The Vienna Woods - Waltz
... Strauss II which featured a virtuoso part for zither ... cadenza invoking birdsong comes in which moves on to the zither solo, marked 'moderato' ... The zither part involves two sub-sections of its own the slowish ländler tempo and its more vigorous counterpart, with the direction of 'vivace' (quickly) ...