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The genggong is a bamboo jaw harp found in Bali, Indonesia. It usually is played in pairs with one instrument slightly larger than the other with a corresponding higher pitch. These are tension harps and are difficult to play at the speeds normally found in Bali. The two instruments hocket (play interspersed notes) in complex rhythmic patterns, which produce a very intricate and exciting effect. Usually players hold either a piece of palm or banana leaf beside their mouth when playing to act as a resonator. Together with the Indian morsing, this is one of the world's most exciting jaw harps styles. This genggong was collected in Bali in 1984.

Country: Bali, Indonesia
Region: Asia
Type: jaw harps

Gebggong - jaw harp from Bali
©  R. Raine-Reusch, May 2002