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The cymbals "si" and clapper "wa

The brass cymbals "si"(left), which sometimes get replaced by the bigger "yakwin", are held in the right hand of the vocalist.

In his/her left hand she/he holds the wooden "wa" which appear in the shape of castagnets or a bamboo node slit open (right).

Both provide the basic patterns of a tune:

All accents are performed by the "wa" while the "si" gets used on weak or unaccented notes. Each pattern is strictly linked to a melodical phrase or passage and often counts up to 9 or 16 bars. Like in the Gamelan ensembles with the last gong, the final stroke of the "wa" is getting delayed as much as possible.

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