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I always wondered what the hell a Charang was and why they thought to include it in the GM spec. One funny thing I find is that on most of the lower end keyboards, the Charang sound resembles a guitar more than the guitar sounds do. :freak:


So, anyone know what exactly a Charang is? :confused: I tried doing a google search, and dictionary.com turned up no results either.

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Well, you got me curious...


I did a google search and it looks like a charang is 1) a chinese vegetable, 2) some sort of shrine-like structure, and 3)a tour through India.


I didn't find anything remotely like a musical instrument, particularly like one that sounded like a bad guitar sample.



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I always thought it was a description of the guitar sound. If you used your voice to imitate a guitar power chord you would probably say something like "Charang!". In a similar vein, a rock magazine in the UK is called "Kerrang!" for just the same reason.
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Originally posted by Bobro:

I assume it's a charango, a small oud/guitar instrument from South America.

I have a charango - I bought it in Buenos Aires many years ago. Mine has more or less the same dimensions of a mandolin, but I know they come in different sizes. The short, fretted neck sports five *pairs* of strings, rather like a 12-string guitar, but the strings are made of nylon.

The soundboard resemble a guitar's soundboard, only much smaller. And get this - in the traditional design, the body is an armadillo shell. (Mine is wooden)

It is widely used in Andine music.

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Originally posted by PatAzz:

Originally posted by Timmy2000:

Onomatopoeia Rocks!

Does anyone remember the Todd Rundgren song "Onomatopoeia?" I mention it to people (even musicians) and most think I'm talking about some king who married his mother :)
Great tune! I remember one line with a "Clink" "Clank" "Clunk", but no "Charang"! :D


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