396 xiao

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bamboo pipe; L. 74.6 cm
5 fingerholes in front, 1 in back
range: a' -b''': "D pipe"

An end-blown flute made from a long, thin bamboo pipe. Also called donxiao. Held vertically. A node remains to cover the upper end of the pipe. A front edge of the node is partially cut out to form a blowhole, the inside of which is cut diagonally. It produces a relatively soft sound, with a gentle tone quality. Played solo, as well as in duets with the qin or pipa, and in various ensemble styles.

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