Lahu teu

Fretless lute (short- or long-necked) with wooden body and five or six strings. Sounding board glued or screwed on to body. Sometimes two small holes on top of  resonator, which can be square or rectangular.

Played by the Red Lahu solo or to accompany a free reed pipe or singer. As with most Lahu instruments, can be played either by men or women, the instrument often being placed on the player’s lap. Unusually, the strings are not stopped, the open strings being plucked singly like a harp. A typical tuning is FGBbCDG.

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