Saturday, January 25, 2020

3 Ways To Play The Jew's Harp

The mysterious quality of this music is associated in some cultures with functions such as courtship, secret communication, healing, or the singing of exhibition included a purpose-made interactive CD-Rom, which revealed the facts behind these 'secret sounds'.

I don't know why the harp is in pitched percussion - I thought they were part of the group of "stringed" instruments (at least that is where you can find them in EWQLSO), but yes, the harp is a beautiful instrument and in a class of its own (with piano and guitar).

The connection between oral cavity and air tube is closed by the tongue when speaking "ng" like in the suffix "-ing": Silently pronouncing "ing ing ing ing" while playing the jew's harp results in an interesting effect that is heard in the first part of sound example 10 (160 KB).

Thus, if the primitive sound of the tongue is C, the series of reciprocated sounds would be C, E, G, B♭, C, D, E, F, G, etc., and by using two or more instruments in different keys, a complete scale may by obtained, and extremely original and beautiful effects produced.

Handcrafted from stainless steel and carefully tuned to standard pitch costs range between five and thirty dollars in the U. S. The shimmering tones of the instruments have become technically categorized as 'plucked idiophones' appearing more and more in electronic pop, avant-garde jazz in some parts of the world while other parts like Scandinavia enjoy a revival of folk music interwoven with contemporary styling.

A guest remix by minimal techno innovator and Detroit legend Terrance Dixon takes the track Driving While Black in a seriously deep and dark direction, while ADT delivers the Power, a mysterious, pad-driven roller augmented by twitchy arpeggiations, and odd sampled phrases like jaw harp and flute.

The liner notes to this 1978 Turnabout recording point out that Hoffmann is clever in his approach to this problem, in particular in the second andante con variazioni movement of this concerto where the orchestra is assigned the melody and the solo instrument performs arpeggios, producing the chords in rising and falling succession.

So popular was the custom and so discreet and persuasive the sound of the guimbarde (maultrommel) that female virtue was endangered and instruments were repeatedly banned by the authorities," write Anthony Baines in Musical Instruments Through the Ages.

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