Eritrea: Krars, Krars, Krars!

January 13, 2006

I bought three krars in Africa; one for Scrap, one for Handsome Dan Chen, and one for myself.

You play the krar–as demonstrated by my friend Samuel, above–by muting strings with your fingertips. The instrument’s range is the number of combinations one can make from the five strings, tuned C, D, (lower) F, G, A. There’s often either a hole for the addition of a tuning peg, so you can add an optional sixth string, or a stringless tuning peg. The fretboard-looking-thing with the clamp on it, on Samuel’s krar, is a modification so he can “capo” the krar.