Name: Naw.

Type: Free-Reed > Aerophone.

Region: Thailand > South East Asia.

Dimensions: L / W.

Acquisition Date:

Acquisition Source: Randy Raine-Reusch.

Description: The naw or hulusheng as its called in Yunnan China is an aerophone classified as a �free reed instrument�. The naw belongs to a family that include the Japanese sho, the Chinese sheng, the Thai Khean and the Hmong gaeng. It is played by the Yi, Lisu and Lahu peoples in both areas of the golden triangle Yunnan China and North Eastern Myanmar. Traditionally people played the naw during courtship between young men and women.

Playing Technique: The musician holds the naw with his left and right hands. Then blows into the top end of the gourd that serves as the mouth piece. During performance the air flows the gourd although a finger does have to be placed on any one or a few of the five finger holes to produce a sound. Often to change pitch of one pipe one may close the hole on the bottom end of the gourd.

Construction: Most naw usually have five pipes and a finger hole per pipe and single read carved for each of the bamboo pipes. A single tongue reed is used for the naw. These reeds are then affixed to each pipe. A single finger hole is burned into each pipe.� Then each of the pipes are individually inserted into the top hole carved in the gourd. Ksoot is the Thai name of a substance that comes from the gutta percha, the ksoot is inserted around the edges where the pipe meets the gourd. This ensures stability of the pipes inserted into the gourd and also prevents air leakage. The bamboo used to create the pipes is also the same bamboo that is used to hand carve the delicate reeds