Qanun

Qanun (also spelled “kanun”, “kanoon”, “qanoon”) – A member of the zither family of instruments, the qanun is plucked with 2 rectangular picks which are attached to the index fingers with metal rings. It has 76 strings in courses of 3, and is widely used in Arabic, Turkish & Greek music.  The qanun has small levers to alter the pitch for each note, that are similar to the sharping levers on a harp, but while Western music has up to 3 variants for a note (sharp, flat and natural), Middle Eastern music has considerably more – quarter tones or microtones.  On a Turkish qanun, there are up to 11 levers for changing the pitch of each note.