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Dan Moi Vietnamese Jaw Harps

Regular price $ 10.00

The Dan Moi is the traditional jaw harp (or jew's harp) of the Vietnamese mountain people H'mong. Hand-made by a small number of excellent local craftsmen, this brass instrument captivates even novices by being easily playable and having a brilliant sound, rich in overtones.

In contrast to other types of jaw harps, the Dan Moi must not be pressed against ones teeth to produce its full and warm sound. Rather, the instrument is gently rested against the player's lips with one hand while the other plucks the tip of the reed softly.

Moreover, the Dan Moi affords players with an almost unlimited range of possibilities for the creation of sound effects since mouth and tongue are given considerably more freedom than with other types of jaw harps. For example, you may try a simple echo effect by temporarily and rhythmically removing the Dan Moi from your lips, or try a tremolo by moving the tip of your tongue inside your mouth while playing.

Permanently tied to included bamboo carrying case wrapped in colorful fabric.

Available in four sizes (pictured from top to bottom): Mini (approx 3 inches), Standard (approx 4 inches), Bass (4.7 inches) and Double Bass. Tunings vary (sorry, we cannot accommodate specific tuning requests).