316 rebab

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wooden body, with parchment of water buffalo over the front face; 5 soundholes in the
middle of the back; L. 113.7 cmbrass
1 bridge; 1 bow
range: ca. 2 ? octaves from c; tuning: c-g

The player sits cross-legged and holds the instrument vertically in front of him. The bow is held in the right hand and the tension of the bow is regulated by pressure with the fingers. To reduce upper partials and thereby soften the tone quality, banana leaves are inserted between the two strings near the bridge. Used in gamelan ensembles, wayang kulit accompaniment and various song and dance styles in drama.

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