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date: 15 November 2019


  • Laurence Libin


Idiophones, used either in pairs as concussion Clappers or as percussion sticks. Examples include the Turkish and Bosnian Kaşik , Russian Lozkhy , Vietnamese Muông , Lithuanian Šaukštai , and Marquesas Islands tuita. In American and British usage, two household spoons are held firmly in one hand between thumb and index finger and index and middle fingers, with the convex sides facing and slightly separated. The bowls are clacked together by being alternately struck upward against the palm of the other hand and downward on the player’s thigh or knee. To produce a roll, the spoons are brushed across the outspread fingers of the other hand before striking the leg. Pairs of spoons mounted together in a wooden handle or carved in a single piece of flexible wood are available commercially. Like ...

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