About Persian Santoor


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Persian Santoor is a string instrument with strings stretched over a trapezoidal shaped box. Santoor’s invention is attributed to Farabi (9th century A.D.). The earliest sign of it comes from Assyrian and Babylonian stone carvings (669 B.C.); it shows the instrument being played while hanging from the player’s neck. Persian Santoor In pre-Islamic Iran, people were definitely acquainted with it and used to call it Kunar. Variants of Santoor instrument can be seen in China, Eastern Europe and England and Germany and Austria as well as India, Cambodia and Americas. It can be found in Iraq, Egypt, Turkey and Armenia and Georgia as well. The shape of Persian Santoor is inspired by a ship, its strings like a fishing net and the sound it makes resembles the waves hitting the rocks at beach. Over time, This musical instrument has become standardized to “Sol” or “La”-tuned Santoors.

Teaching Persian Santoor via Online Santoor Lessons

Rhythmitica presents online classes by Sepehr Rafiiean the professional  instructors.


Rhythmitica offers online music lessons using your computer webcam for all ages and skill levels. Private online lessons are offered all over the world via internet (Skype). For more information please visit Online Santoor lessons.

Santoor Videos on Youtube 


This sample video is the one of our tutorial videos for Persian music.The instructors use this videos during the courses or you can buy them as Onsite Courses with the academic method.But if you are interested in learning Persian music via Skype, you can choose our online music lessons.