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The fiddle saw
||The fiddle Saw
is a bowed string instrument in different sizes.
On the left picture you see the saw u which is in a lower pitch compared to other models like the saw duang or the saw sam sai.
The soundbox is made from a coconut shell that is covered on the open front by cowskin.
The saw u is held vertically and has two silk strings that are played
with a bow. The bow is between the strings and the player tilts the bow
to play each string. The bow is made out of horse tail hair like every
other bow and needs to have rosin put on occasionally just like a
western stringed instrument.
The saw u is a very fragile instrument and
is played traditionally on the lap sitting down. The saw u can be played
as a solo instrument in some cases but is mainly used for the backbone
in some ensembles because of its rich, dark, and mellow tone. The saw u
performs its best when playing slow to moderate paced melodies. The
sound that the saw u makes is more fit for those types of songs rather
than fast paced melodies. The morn (bridge) that rests at the bottom is extremely sensitive and drifts over time, causing changes in tone.
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