Posted at July 20, 2013 | By : | Categories : Strings | 0 Comment

si-veena-lrgThere are various types of veena that differ in construction and sound. The most popular form is the Saraswati veena, named for the goddess with which it is associated, whose photo you can see above. The neck and resonating body of high quality are carved from one piece of Jackwood. The upper resonator serves rather as a stand for correct positioning, and therefore is often made from simple materials like paper mache. There are 4 main strings that pass over the bridge and several frets, then there are 3 sideways drone strings. The typical position for playing is horizontal, while the instrument rests on the resonators. The veena is an ancient instrument, and it's inclusion in the first of the Vedas (the Rig Veda) proves that it has been played for thousands of years.