String Kings Music
String Kings Music celebrates all stringed musical instruments, from the autoharp to the zither and everything in between. If an instrument has strings and makes beautiful music, you’ll find it here.
We truly love music and are always on the lookout for the very best string instruments, accessories, learning aides, and gift items for musicians and music fans. Have fun browsing our site, and check back often for our latest discoveries.
What is a Stringed Instrument?
A stringed instrument is any instrument that uses movement of the strings to make music. Thus a piano, even though it has keys, is actually a stringed instrument. A piano relies on the striking of strings inside of it to create actual sounds.
String Instrument Construction
String instruments can be divided into three basic groups: lutes, harps, and zithers. Each of these categories is described briefly here.
The lute category includes instruments that support the strings along a neck, which can be fretted or fretless. Examples include banjo, bass guitar, bouzouki, cello, guitar, lute, mandolin, oud, sarod, sitar, Strumstick, tambura, ukulele, upright bass, veena, viola, and violin. Lutes are the among the oldest plucked musical instruments, and have been found in 4,000 year old archaeological remains.
The harp category includes instruments that contain the strings within a frame. The harp is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. In fact, harps are depicted in Egyptian tomb wall paintings that date from early 3,000 B.C.
The zither category includes instruments with strings that are mounted on a body. Examples of zithers include autoharp, dulcimer, guzheng, harpsichord, pedal steel guitar, piano, psaltery, santoor, and zither. The earliest known zither-type instrument was discovered in a tomb that dated from 433 B.C.
String Kings Music
You can learn more about any of these instruments on our site. Visit our String Instruments page and choose any instrument from the list. For the sake of simplicity, we’re highlighting 27 of the most popular stringed instruments. We’ll cover some of the more obscure string instruments in our posts. For example, a guitarist friend of ours is learning to play the pipa, a four-stringed Chinese musical instrument in the lute family. We’re adding new things every day, so check back often!
Henry David Thoreau
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away.
Our bass clef and treble clef heart designs are available on several products, including shirts, tote bags, coffee mugs, magnets, aprons, playing cards, buttons, and PopSockets (shown here). Give a fun and practical gift to your favorite musician, music teacher, or music student.
Treble Clef Bass Clef Heart Vintage Gold Sheet Music Bassist PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and TabletsDouble Bass Clef Heart Vintage Gold Sheet Music Love Bassist PopSockets PopGrip: Swappable Grip for Phones & Tablets
Treble Clef Bass Clef Heart Rainbow Watercolor Waves Bassist PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and TabletsDouble Bass Clef Heart Rainbow Watercolor Waves Love Bassist PopSockets Grip and Stand for Phones and Tablets
Unique Gifts for Music Lovers
We’ve created more than 2,000 products for string instrument players and music lovers. Find a unique gift for your favorite player or enthusiast. Beware of inferior copycats! Our original designs are available here and in our String Kings Music collection.
Find the Best Music Gifts
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