What Is the Hmong Free-Reed Pipe Instrument?
What is the Hmong Free-Reed Pipe instrument?
DESCRIPTION AND PURPOSE
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.