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Jew's Harp Music Of Turkic Peoples In The Urals, Siberia And Central Asia

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Solo album PARMU PILL with Estonian traditional jaws harp music is out. The author first got acquainted with Tuvan music in 1991, at the 2nd International Congress of Jew's Harp Music in Yakutia, Russia. Among other ethnomusical bands from Russia's various regions and CIS states, the Tuvan band stood out with its special techniques of playing the khomus (Jew's harp) and of throat singing which accompanied their music. One of them, Gennadii Chash, later tutored the author in throat singing during the latter's visits to Tuva, where he also met Tuvan musicians and ethnomusicologists. The author attended a number of symposia on music in Tyva and researched the Tuvan khomus playing techniques. He also co-produced a CD with their audio recordings (2013).
Ayarkhaan's performances on the khomus an instrument that was said to have been made by gods and possess a magical voice - are inspired by a tradition that has been handed down for centuries but also reflects modern musical thinking. Throughout the Russian Federation, scholars, critics and concert-goers alike have hailed Ayarkhaan as the vanguard sound of the Yakut khomus, an instrument whose tonal versatility and acoustic resonance is at once capable of evoking the sound of a cello, a saxophone, or an electric guitar while occupying a sonic space that is ancient, transcendent and utterly unique.
This program prepares you for professional or graduate study in health-related fields such as dentistry, allopathic or osteopathic medicine, optometry, chiropractic, or podiatry. For the following recording I used the set of four Jew's harps shown here. Please check (concealed information) for some of my work with Jawharp as well as other instruments.
Kalimbas are metal-tined Instruments which originated in southern Africa and which can be found there in countless variations. Our Kalimba B11 'Melody' is made of solid American block cherry wood and meticulously hand-crafted. The surfaces are treated and polished with natural oils and waxes. The 11 tines are precisely tuned to the scale of G-Major, so that a large number of well-known songs can be played. The 'Melody' is also ideal for improvisation and intuitive playing.
This instrument has been around for over 400 years and is known around the world. Johann Georg Alberchtsberger was an Austrian composer connected to Beethoven and Mozart, and he wrote concertos for the Jew's harp. They've been played by Benedictine monks, Native Americans, and by people in Asia, Europe, and Australia.
Beyond holding the frame and plucking the reed, almost everything in playing the jew's harp happens inside your mouth and throat, or is done by the diaphragm, by breathing: Separated, articulated tones can be produced by short breaths. When breathing in and out, the air stream amplifies the fundamental note. In sound example 6 (173 KB) the jew's harp is plucked regularly. By breathing rasping sounds are produced between the plucks.
Practice how different mouth shapes affect your sound. A more open mouth will produce a lower, darker tone, and a more closed mouth will produce a higher, brighter sound. Making the trademark bonging type sound is something many beginners want to do. To do it, just oscillate your tongue back and forth, and stretch your mouth in and out. Different speeds will produce different pitch sounds.
Hold the jaw harp on the side opposite the trigger. You can play either right or left handed, try both sides to see which one feels most comfortable. Hold firm enough that the harp won't shake when you pluck the trigger, but not hard enough to keep the tongue from vibrating.
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