What Is the Hmong Free-Reed Pipe Instrument?

What is the Hmong Free-Reed Pipe instrument?

The Hmong Free Reed Pipe is made with bamboo, cane, and a brass reed.

The Hmong Free Reed Pipe instrument consists of a narrow bamboo tube with six finger holes in the front and one in the back, which produce melodies. A brass reed is inserted into the side of the pipe and covered by a cane wrapping, which slides down the pipe to allow playing. Young Hmong men have traditionally used this instrument to communicate in secret during courtship.


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