The HAEGEUM is a traditional Korean string instrument, resembling a fiddle. It has a rodlike neck, a hollow wooden soundbox, and two silk strings, and is held vertically on the knee of the performer and played with a bow.
The Haegeum is one of the most widely used instruments in Korean music. The Haegeum is used in court music, folk music as well as contemporary music. The Haegeum's range of expression is various despite having only two strings, with sounds ranging from sorrowful and sad to humorous. The Haegeum is made using eight materials: iron, rock, thread, bamboo, gourd, soil, leather, and wood, and so it is called paleum (eight sounds).