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Doyra (also dojra) is an Uzbek percussion musical instrument, which is something intemediate between a drum and a tambourine. When playing doyra an artists holds it in his left hand and flicks (hits) it with his right hand fingers. The most interesting thing about it is that the artist doesn't make these hits with his hand itself, but rather fastens each finger about its neighbour and then suddenly releases it (like we do when we snap our fingers). As a result he can produce loud, rapid and very sharp sounds. You can often hear about doyra that it isn't an attendant instrument, but a solo one.

Last updated: 10-29-2005 02:13:46