organs: tenor

Lisu fulu lae lae (Lahu tolaemu)

Lisu player Chiang Dao

The fulu lae lae, Larsen pointed out, is tuned to a hemiphonic pentatonic scale not often found in SE Asia. The lowest pipe has no finger hole and provides a constant drone. An open bamboo tube is placed on top of the longest pipe as a resonator. One I recorded was tuned AGE  D C#. Mine is tuned Eb (drone) AbBbDbEb. When the pipes are stopped with the thumb underneath, they give DbF#AbCD. A falling riff of e.g. F E flat C B flat A is repeated throughout most music.

Played to accompany dancing.

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