Red Lahu fiddle

The Red Lahu play a small 2 string spike fiddle, the teu hae, using as a bow a rough stick, often tinder wood from pine. The only one I have seen and recorded has an oblong sound box  16 x 9 cms , a nut and two frets positioned with beeswax. The lower string is tuned to Bb, the upper Eb. The body is similar in shape and construction to that of the teu.  The instrument is held vertically, the bow being moved between the two strings as both sides can sound the strings. The sound is faint and thin but apparently can be used to accompany the dance of a small group or for solo playing.

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