duct flute (8 holed)

Hmong traa pulay; Karen puloei; also played by several other ethnic group

This duct flute differs from the typical Lisu flute in that it has 7 finger holes on the upper side of the tube and a thumb hole on the underside; the notch is cut on the underside of the tube and the wooden block inserted at the top end of the tube. A number of holes may be made at the bottom end to increase the volume and tie a string for decoration or carrying. The notch is rectangular and sloping.

Hmong flute player

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