You are here: Home > Travel > Bhutan > Overview > Information> Topics > Culture> Music > Guitar Search
Bhutan - Culture
Traditional Bhutanese Music
Grafik Bhutan Culture
The Rigsar Dranyen
Grafik Bhutan Information
Bhutan Tourist Destinations
Grafik Grafik
Video Bhutan Videos
previous pageend
The traditional Bhutanese guitar

The Rigsar Dranyen

A local Bhutanese musician has added extra strings and tuning keys to the traditional Bhutanese guitar or dranyen to create what he calls a "rigsar dranyen".

Unlike the traditional dranyen which has six and half nylon strings, the rigsar dranyen has 15 metal strings, two bridges, and an extra set of tuning keys along the upper neck of the instrument.

"The Rigsar dranyen has a set of new strings (one octave) or the artillery branch which will naturally vibrate while playing on the main strings," says 29-year old musician and composer Sonam Dorji who did the modifications.

"The eight-string artillery branch can be tuned to any song to give a faint background vibration and will never let the singer go out of tune," he said.

One can play lead, rhythm, plucking and stroking on the rigsar dranyen according to Sonam Dorji who specialised in vocal and bowing instruments during his four-year study at Visva-Bhaharati University in India.

Bhutan first ethnomusicologist, Jigme Drukpa, of the royal society of performing arts, says the rigsar dranyen is a healthy development in Bhutanese music. But at the same time he has reservations about outside influence on Bhutanese instruments. "The Bhutanese concept of music and voice stresses on the softness of the sound. The rigsar dranyen is best suited for the changing taste of the Bhutanese audiences for more lively songs in open air concerts," he said.

The ethnomusicologist added that some of the old Bhutanese dranyens did have numerous strings, (sympathetic strings or under strings) to produce more resonance.


Tourism in Bhutan
Religion in Bhutan
Culture in Bhutan
People in Bhutan
Tshechu Festivals
Bhutan Photo Galleries
Mountain Biking
Motor Biking
Trekkings
Punakha Dzong
Dzongs in Bhutan
About
Bumthang
About
Lhuentse and Mongar
About
Trashigang
About
Gasa-Laya-Lingzhi-Lunana
About
Thimphu
About
Trongsa and Zhemgang
About
Paro and Haa
About
Wangduephodrang
About
Punakha
About
Trashiyangtse-Yangtse
About
Southern Bhutan
Photo Galleries
Dzongs and Monasteries in Bhutan East-West-Highway by motorcycle
Dochula - Druk Wangyal Khangzang Chhortens
Mongar and Lhuentse
Videos
Videos: Rafting, Tshechu, Motor Biking, Roads ...
top
previous page Bhutan Home