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Main Pipe is the melody pipe. It has seven sound holes, 6 in the front, 1 in the back. Mouthpiece could be made of various materials such as metal, ox horn, wood, bamboo or plastic. Bawu is played in a horizontal manner except the new models which are played vertically.
The player must cover the reed entirely with the mouth and apply substantial air pressure to maintain the vibration of the reed. Bawu is only capable of a single octave and unlike free reed mouth-organs it is only played by exhaling.
Take a traditional model for example. It has a thumb hole, six finger holes, plus a tuning hole and a range of just over an octave. It is made from two detachable bamboo pipes and its overall tuning can be varied by adjusting the joint between the two pieces.
Additional pitches can be played by cross-fingering and half-holing and a G instrument would typically also be played in the keys of D, C and sometimes Bb. Bawu has 7 holes, 6 on the front and 1 on the back.
So the fingering is somewhat similar to the transverse flute or saxophone. From left to right, number the holes 0 to 6, with 0 corresponding to the left thumb hole.
Typical booklets say the following:. Cover all holes and blow lightly for the lowest tone which is Mi in the key of the instrument. Cover all holes and blow hard for the low So. Opening baawu 6 while blowing hard gets you La; opening 5 and 6, Si; opening all right hand holes, Do. From then on we get Re if we also open 3, Mi if 2 and 3, anx high So if only 0 is covered.
And the higher the tone, the softer one needs to blow. Following the directions strictly, maybe one wound run into a problem with tonguing and staccatos. When the air-flow is cut off, the freely vibrating reed with feel the pressure lessen and revert to the fundamental resonance, which is either a low Mi or low Fa.
This causes problems because one would then hear a sorry-sounding downward glissando after every attempt to play a staccato, instead of a hard cut-off.
How to Play Bawu
The solution to that is throat resonance. Think of it as an extension to setting an embouchure. One wants to expand the muscle that is right below the point where the jaw connects to the neck. Experiments show that by opening up the throat, you can blow on the Bawu softly while still producing the higher harmonics, and by relaxing the muscle there, you can immediately drop down to the fundamental resonance.
We need people with similar passion to join or partner with us in promoting ethnic handicrafts! Please contact us at interact interactchina. Beautiful music — thank you! I play the Irish pennywhistle and hammered dulcimer. Today, a life-long friend brought me a Bawu back from China. It is a fascinating and hauntingly gorgeous instrument. I look forward to learning to play it. Please, let us enjoy more of your music. Ron — Overland Park, KS.
Hi Ron, very glad to have your comment! I know Irish people are very friendly and love music a lot. I also love Irish music. They are really lovely and fascinating. I believe it will be an enchanted melody to play Irish music with Bawu.
We will post more articles on Bawu in the near future and hope you will enjoy reading them. I think there might be some similarities in penny whistle and Bawu. Wish you good luck in learning Bawu and also enjoy playing it! Hi Ben, the reed of bawu is very sensitive. We could help to fix the reed, but the reed needs to be fixed by our crafter. So some handling fee and return shipping need to be paid. I found two videos of hulusi.
These two songs are also the easier ones for Bawu.
Hi, Parisa, thank you for your appreciation of Chinese Bawu. There are few classes online and they are not systematic. I find now from youtube for your reference. The sketch is tasteful, your authored material stylish.
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Reed is located inside the top end of the main pipe. Most of them are made of brass. Typical booklets say the following: Published by Interact China. Do you know where I can get a replacement reed for the Bawu? Thank you Like Like. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Email Address never made public. Post was not tl – check your email addresses!
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