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The name Jaw Harp is a bit of a misnomer and does not hold much scholastic merit. This tiny musical instrument is mainly found in Europe (heteroglottic metallic Jew's harp), in Asia (heteroglottic and idioglottic metallic, wooden and bamboo Jew's harps) and in Oceania, except Australia (idioglottic wooden and bamboo Jew's harps). This online program will prepare you for a career in the growing field of business analytics, or for other jobs requiring you to use analytics to make business decisions.
Etymology: An earlier name than the now usual Jews' harp , and formerly equally common in England. In Scotland and N. of England the instrument is still called simply trump n.1, agreeing with the French name trompe (LittrГ©), which is now however mostly displaced by guimbarde Although no early example of French trompe in this sense has been adduced, it is probable that the name trump came from France, especially as in the Customs Rates of 1545 they are called Iues trounks , a mistranslation perhaps due to the fact that the trompe of the elephant is also called in English trunk The first element was certainly Jews from the first; conjectures that this was an alteration of jaws , or of French jeu , are baseless and inept. But the attribution of the instrument to the Jews occurs, so far as is known, only in English, and there is no actual evidence as to its origin.
When I appear on stage I never know what I'll be playing beforehand. That is because the khomus plays with me. It plays with my emotions and with the people who listen to the concert. The khomus absorbs all those energies and transforms it into music. I cannot claim the music I am playing is mine. It is the khomus that plays it.” Those are improvisations that UUTAi presents on stage. She merely utilises a certain repertoire of techniques to form the music such as the cry of the wolf. The music has no titles as such. There are rather themes that she likes to describe with the jaw harp, for instance a fight between warriors in ancient times.
I should think that the method of keeping the khomus by a hand doesn't influence the quality of khomus sounding. It just should be comfortable for the executant itself. I also saw musicians who attached the khomus to a massive thing and played keeping the khomus for it. In this case it is not obligatory to press the khomus to your teeth. I am making an accent that ways of keeping the khomus do not influence the sound. In any case there is no much influence. The most important thing is to keep the khomus closely to teeth and nothing should bother reed vibration. Lips should clasp the cheeks.
This traditional Yakut Khomus was forged by Alexandr Shepelev, a student of the legendary jaw harp master German Burcev. Shepelev invested a lot of time in the shiny polished frame and forged it cleanly, accurately and very stable. The sharpened reed is medium hard and quite long. Therefore a precise playing technique is needed to produce the shamanic-mystical sound. Especially with slow rhythms you can go on trance journeys and enjoy the jakutic sound. The Khomus Shepelev Large is a high-quality jaw harp that sounds loud and sharp.
For "their own" by tradition there is a dedication to students, freshman day, subbotniks, trips and excursions. Such, for example, as a traditional trip on the eve of the Victory Day on Lake Ilmen, where 75 years ago, the tragic battle of the 19 and 3 individual ski brigades, formed mainly from Yakutians, took place. Or the holiday of the Republic of Sakha Day, within the framework of which this year competitions were held in the Yakut table games.
Ayarkhaan is a group of specialists in the art of the playing the khomus, a metal instrument that fits in the mouth and functions like a Jew's harp; it is regarded as the national instrument of the Sakha. However, the khomus is different in several respects; while a conventional Jew's harp is quiet, limited in range, and in the amount of control even a good player can muster over the pitch, the khomus is loud, strikingly expansive in range, and Ayarkhaan can get sounds out of it ranging over about three octaves. The group is also able to harmonize it in a sense that's chorally conceived yet almost electronic sounding in effect.
Publications history, trails & websites: This object features in the Museum's audio tour produced in 2010. Part transcription as follows: The Jew's harp is one of the world's oldest instruments. It is thought to have originated in China in ancient times, but it has now become part of musical traditions across Asia, Oceania and northern Europe. It is played near the mouth but it is not a wind instrument. Instead, it is pressed against the teeth or lips and the other hand plucks the central ‘tongue' to produce a sound, the player's open mouth acting as a resonator. Alternatively, as you can see on some examples from Indonesia, the tongue is sometimes attached to a toggle, which is jerked to produce a similar effect.
The three main materials jawharps are constructed from are steel, brass, and wood. Brass is certainly the prettiest material, and it's also the most expensive. Since brass is a softer metal than steel, it's easier to play, and can be much more comfortable for individuals with very sensitive teeth. Wood is the cheapest material, and also the least durable. It's pretty easy to break a wood jawharp, and they should be considered as disposable, temporary instruments. However, an interesting thing about wooden jawharps is that they are played against the lips instead of the teeth. This results in a slightly different sort of sound, and is considered easier to play for beginners. Steel is the final material. It is very durable and strong, with its price falling between brass and wood.
Thanks for all your help; probably is called Jew's Harp and it may not be metal at all. In all traditions you may find folk tunes adopted for jew's harp. For example, in Norway they play on munnharpa (a Norwegian jew's harp) many tunes that originally are performed on langeleik and hardingfele.
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