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date: 14 November 2019


  • Jack Percival Baker Dobbs


Bamboo transverse flute of the Orang Asli (aborigines) of Peninsular Malaysia. It has one fingerhole at the proximal end, made by piercing the node. By stopping this hole or leaving it open two notes, usually a 4th apart, can be produced. Skeat (1906) claimed that it could produce three notes, and that it was played by holding the palm of the right hand over the open end, and the thumb of the left hand over the small hole in the other end. Flutes of this type listed by Blacking, all from the Senoi, vary in length from about 9.5 to 15 cm, and in diameter from about 1.5 to 3.5 cm....

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