Karen Pa O tube zither

Karen Pa O tiktung

consists of a hollow bamboo tube about 55 cms. long cut to leave a node at each end. 4- 8 idiochordal ‘strings’ are cut from the skin of the bamboo remaining connected at both ends near the nodes and then raised with movable bamboo bridges, allowing the strings to be tuned. Some can be separated with a flat piece of thin wood.

The ‘strings’ are plucked, the player often using a small bamboo plectrum. It’s played to accompany singing and dancing

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