Traditional Musical Instruments

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Kulintang is a modern term for an ancient instrumental form of music composed on a row of small, horizontally- laid gongs that function melodically, accompanied by larger, suspended gongs and drums. Kulintang music generally could be of found as the social entertainment at a host of different occasions. It is used during large feasts, festive or harvest gatherings, for entertainment of visiting friends and relatives and at parades. Kulintang music also accompaniesceremonies marking significant life events.

Kombeng is made of bamboo. The instrument is held horizontally with the bamboo tongue in front of the mouth. The left end is hit by the thumb of the right hand. This makes the bamboo tongue vibrate which causes a a sound. The mouth serves as a resonator and by changing the shape and size of the mouth opening, the overtones can be changed, thus creating a melody. By strongly breathing in or out the volume can be changes as well.

The Kombeng is traditionally considered as intimate instrument, usually used as a communication between family or a love one in close quarters. Both genders can use the instrument, the females more infrequently than males who use it for short distance courship.

Lantuy is made of bamboo tube, closed at one end by a node with two by two fingerholes. Protruding mouthpiece with a hole. The instrument is decorated with carvings blackened by burning. 

Souroy is a parallel stringed zither.

 Kuglung –is a two stringed boat lute. Description. Two stringed lute made of wood, one string for the melody, one for the drone. The body is also carved to represent a mythical animal with two heads of either a serpent or crocodile or sarimanok.