Hmong clarinet

Hmong lei lei

made from a narrow thin bamboo tube with the vibrating reed cut at the top. It has five finger holes and is about  30 cms. long. The instrument shown on the left was made from freshly cut undried bamboo with square finger holes cut in the tube. A piece of gourd is sometimes attached to the lower end as a resonator.

Hmong lei lei player Luang Namtha

The instrument is traditionally used for courting. It is played at right angles to the mouth with the reed fully inserted in the mouth and produces a soft reedy tone, quieter than its free reed cousin.

Hmong clarinet with reed inset

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