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The subü lute or sung lisu
subü lute of
the Lisu poeple looks on first sight like an instrument for children or
a tourist trap, but indeed is a solo and ensemble instrument often used
together with the julü
flute and the fulu mouth
organ , representing the instrumental music, which is strictly
seperated from the vocal music traditions.
The small, fretless long necked lute knows three strings and a
small wooden plectrum which is attached to the small round gourd, a
wooden box which is covered by goat skin.
The tunings differ, depending on whether the instrument gets played
alone or in an ensemble.
The subü lute appears in
different sizes, also sometimes with a fretted neck and four
A relevant instrument might be the modern, metal stringed Phin
lute in Northern Thailand.
Playing the little but very loud instrument is not so easy, as the
narrow metall strings require small fingers in order to match the
highest string alone.
*sample* (MP3, 296 KB)
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