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233 pipa

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body: wood, paulownia surface; L.102.8cm
strings: 4, silk; frets: 24
range: A-a" : tuning : A-d-e-a

Held vertically supported by the left knee. Sounded with picks worn on the all five fingers of the right hand. There is a carving of a celebratory symbolic bat on the head of the instrument. Widely used in solo, ensemble, and narrative accompaniment styles.

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Music Department, Tokyo National University of the Arts, 12-8 Ueno Kouen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8714, Japan