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date: 23 February 2020


  • Jack Percival Baker Dobbs
  • , revised by Patricia Matusky


Double-headed barrel drum of Peninsular Malaysia. The body is usually made of jackfruit wood. The cowhide heads are secured by up to 30 wooden pegs, set about 7 cm from each rim. Two wooden or bamboo struts are affixed close together near the upper head and diverge to their furthest extent about 15 cm beyond the lower head. When the drum is set upright in playing position, these struts incline the body towards the player at an angle of about 30°, the upper head facing the player. An iron ring is affixed to the body of the drum so that it can be lifted. The geduk is normally played in a pair comprising a geduk ibu (‘mother geduk’) and a geduk anak (‘child geduk’), the latter being slightly smaller. The usual dimensions of the geduk ibu are about 27 cm in maximum diameter, and about 40 cm long. The drum is beaten with a pair of unpadded wooden drumsticks....

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