Palaung ding

Three strings, narrow wooden body, fretless. There are no holes in the resonator.

Traditionally played by men when courting, now the most common palaung instrument for entertainment. Normally

played monophonically as a melody instrument with frequent use of the tremolo, either solo or to accompany singing. I have recorded two styles of accompaniment: in the first, the ding echoes the melody of the singer while in the second the player improvises almost independently of the sung part.

Palaung ding player, Kengtung Burma

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