Musical Instruments : Jew's HarpsaFlutesaNose fluteaKluraisaVarieties ofaScaleaViolinsa GuitarsaBanjos aHarps aDrums and gongs aDulcimers. Musical Character of the People. Singing : PlaintivenessaWar songsaBoat songsaExtempore songs.
"The European Jew's harp is a small musical instrument held between the teeth, and having a metal tongue, which, when struck by the finger, produces musical sounds that are modulated by the breath. In the Sea Dyak rudieng, the little finger of the left hand stretches the string loop at the left end, and the thumb and first finger hold the metal handle; the cross-piece is held between the thumb and finger, and pulls the concave inside. It is used by a young man to talk to his young girl at night, when they do not wish the mother to overhear their talka they are able to understand each other in the language of love. The length is 3f to 4f inches; the narrow end is j-1^ to J of an inch wide, and the broad end f to T7g of an inch wide. It is a perfectly intelligible wind instrument ; a metal plate of unequal width, narrowest where it is held in the left hand, and widest where it is held in the right hand. The string is jerked by the tongue, which is likewise metal, vibrates and resounds in the cavity of the mouth. The sounds are modified with the breath. Other tribes in Borneo use a bamboo one ; this was no doubt the origin of the Dyak one ; the Maloh have taught the Dyaks the use of metal. Bamboo ones are not now in use among them. The case in which it is kept is a bamboo cylinder beautifully carved ; the ground is coloured red with dragon's So-called^ " Jews'
Made of bambu. From Kina Balu. a, case, with tassel hanging through a hole in the bottom; by means of the string attached to the tassel the instrument is drawn into the case, b and c, front and side view.
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