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There are three types: Small lyra or "lyraki", the common lyra and "vrontolyra". These have three metallic chords. OThe previous years, the chords were made from bowels. The difference is in the size and the sound. Viololyra is an other type of lyra, has been made since 1925. All of them are played with an arc. In the past the arc had some bells, the "gerakokoudouna" which when the arc was moving, they produce a kind of companionate sound for lyra.Although lyra is known in the Hellenic place since 9th century, it is unknown when it was starting it's use in Crete.


It's about the known west-violin, whose use as a folk instrument is known in the Hellenic place since old times.

In Crete it is used at west and east countys.

Especially in east Crete, Efstratios Kalogeridis helped to it's propagation.


It's about the known music instrument, little bigger, with four pairs of chords, older boweled, today metallic.

Lute accompanies measuredly and harmonically the lyra or the violin. Many times Lute is used as a soloistic instrument.

Mantolin & Guitar
The Mantolin is used in Center and East Crete rarely as an instrument of melody and accompanies lyra and violin.

Guitar is used at the same places only as a companion for violin.


This belongs to the family of "tampouradon". It's use is limited in Crete. At the older times it was a common melody instrument.Also, it accompanies lyra.


Thiampoli or ftiampoli, pampioli, bampioli, hampioli, sfyrohampiolo, sfyrohampoulo, pirohampiolo and glossohampiolo.
This is a kind of cane or wooden flute. It has cut the place where the player blows and it is closed with "piro" or "souro", a type of tap with a small gap for the air.
On the cylinder, where the piros ends, there are six holes which are used for the melody. Thiampoli, is a pastor instrument and it stands alone.
Sometimes, when the player is experienced, accompanies lyra.


This is a kind of klarinet with simple strikered ligulate on the top of cane which is closed from the knot of cane. It has 4 - 6 holes and it is made in different sizes. A variant of "mantoura" is "diplomantoura" or "tzompragia mantoura".

Askomantoura or askobantoura

It is known as "askavlos" from the old times. It consists from a leather bag which is used to storage air, the wooden or bonny embouchure, where the player blows the air, and the machine for sound production which includes a corrugated tub. Askomantountoura is usually played at open air place, stands alone or accompanies lute or "ntaoulaki". This instrument is well known in the old times but today it is going to be disappeared.


It's about a little tabor which is played with two sticks, the "ntaouloksila".

Ntaoulaki accompanies lyra or violin.

In the old times it was well known at east Crete. Today it has been dissapeared.