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The mouthorgan naw
The mouthorgan naw of the Lisu and Lahu people represents one of the oledst instruments on earth, dating back over 4000 years.
The idea of five (or more) bamboo tubes bound circular to a resonating gourd can also be found in various other mouthorgans all over Southeast Asia, namely the Chinese Loo Sheng, or further relatives like the Keluri form Borneo and the M'buot in Vietnam.
The naw is tuned in a pentatonic scale, and most common is the usage of one tone as a drone. It is held in the left hand between the thumb and the last two fingers, with the middle and index finger covering two holes, while the right hand closes the right hole with the index finger and the first pipes open end with the right thumb (creating pitch changes and vibrati).
*sample* (MP3, 259 KB)
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