The kutiyapi, a Philippine two-stringed, fretted boat-lute, is the only stringed instrument among the Maguindanaon. It is four to six feet long with nine frets made of hardened beeswax. The instrument is carved out of solid soft wood such as from the jackfruit tree. For the Maguindanaon, it is possible to arrange the beeswax frets into different patterns resulting in different scales for the instrument. Two of the most common are binalig, a style in imitation of the kulintang, and dinaladay, a style used for teaching.
Traditionally, the Maguindanaon use the instrument for social events such as birthdays and weddings and also for more private affairs between couples. With the advent of globalization, the importance of the kutiyapi has waned as artists have taken up the guitar instead, as it is louder.<ref>Mercurio, Philip Dominguez (2006). Traditional Music of the Southern Philippines. PnoyAndTheCity: A center for Kulintang - A home for Pasikings. Retrieved on 2006-06-07.</ref>
Also called: Kutyapi, Kutiapi (Maguindanaon), Kotyapi (Maranao), Kotapi (Subanon), Fegereng (Tiruray), Faglong, Fuglung (B’laan),<ref>de Leon, Jr., Felipe M (2006). Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan - 1993 Awardee - SAMAON SULAIMAN and the Kutyapi Artist. National Commission For Culture and the Arts. 2002.. Retrieved on 2006-06-12.</ref> Kudyapi (Bukidnon and Tagbanua), Hegelong (T’boli) and Kuglong, Kadlong, Kudlong or Kudlung (Manobo, Mansaka, Mandaya, Bagabo and Central Mindanao),<ref>Hila, Antonio C (2006). Indigenous Music - Tuklas Sining: Essays on the Philippine Arts. Filipino Heritage.com. Tatak Pilipino. Retrieved on 2006-06-12.</ref><ref>Canave-Dioquino, Corazon (2006). Philippine Music Instruments. National Commission For Culture And The Arts. Retrieved on 2006-06-12.</ref><ref>de Jager, Fekke (2006). Kudyapi. Music instruments from the Philippines. Retrieved on 2006-06-12.</ref> Kusyapi (Palawan)<ref>de Leon, Jr., Felipe M (2006). Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan - 1993 Awardee - MASINO INTARAY and the Basal and Kulilal Ensemble. National Commission For Culture and the Arts. 2002.. Retrieved on 2006-06-12.</ref>
Informational websites and online textbooks
Pictures of other kutiyapi derivatives
- Photograph of a Kudyapi - Close-up pictures of a Maranao Kudyapi - by Fekke de Jagar.
- Photograph of a Kudlung - Close-up pictures of a Bagobo Kudlung- by Fekke de Jagar.
- Photograph of a Kudlung - Close-up pictures of a B'laan Kudlung- by Fekke de Jagar.
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