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  • Terry E. Miller

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Chest-resonated stick zither of the Khmer people of Cambodia. One of the oldest Khmer instruments, it is depicted in the bas reliefs of Angkor. Nowadays it consists of a tapered hardwood rod, curving up at the narrower end; a single steel string attached to a long tuning peg at the thicker end and to a decorative carving at the tip of the narrow end, so that the string is held well clear of the stick; and a half-gourd resonator attached to the stick on the underside. It is played by plucking in the ensembles for the cult of the deities and for weddings. For a description of the method of producing harmonics ...

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