Khamu simple clarinet (pii)

The Khamu use a range of different idioglottal reed instruments. The simplest consists of a very thin bamboo tube, about .5 cm. in diameter. At one end an incision about 2 cms. long .2 cm. wide makes the idioglottal reed, the cut being made at the lower end. Four rectangular finger holes and one thumb hole.

Khamu pii player Chiang Khong

The mouth covers the entire reed portion- when blown gently produces out of tune squeaks, but when the player blows with more strength a lower set of notes is sounded. Played solo or to accompany singing.

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