Sunday, November 28, 2010

Suling - Balinese Bamboo Flute

When you hear Balinese gamelan and give an attention to the melody you will find the sound of suling (bamboo flute), the only wind instrument in the ensemble.

Suling are made mainly of bamboo, a long tube bamboo which has very thin surface. The head of suling, near a small hole, is circled with a thin band made of rattan or rotan to produce air vibration.

The suling note is scaled in pelog or selendro system, sulings with five finger-holes for pelog system and
four for slendro system.

*image taken from Nyoman Sumertha Fine Art

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