Khamu flute with external duct

Khamu pii yang chu

external duct mechanism

Thin bamboo tube with a simple external duct made by splitting a protruding piece of the bamboo. The two split pieces are separated by another thin strip of bamboo. These flutes are usually long and have four finger holes plus one thumb. The player rests the upper rim of the instrument on the lower lip and the air is then directed through the narrow passage between the two plates of split bamboo and on to the sounding edge.

The sound is very quiet and they can be used solo, traditionally as a courting instrument or to play a loosely connected accompaniment to a singer.

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