Thailand

Khim

Khim

The khim or kim is a Thai dulcimer, made of hardwood and played using two flexible bamboo sticks, one held in each hand. The stricks have a soft leather tip, giving the instrument its soft tone. The main body of the instrument is trapezoid in shape; fourteen groups of strings are stretched across the instrument with three strings in each group: a total of 42 strings. The instrument was introduced to Thailand from China, where a similar-looking instrument exists.

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Klui

Klui

The klui is the Thai flute. It is an end-blown flute, which although originally bamboo, is today usually made of hardwood. The mouthpiece is similar to that found on a western recorder. The klui is capable of a wide variety of tones, created by manipulating the angle at which the air is directed, the pressure of the breath, and the position of the lips.

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Ching

Ching

The ching is a pair of small metal cymbals used as part of a Thai music ensemble. Its role within the ensemble is to keep the rhythm steady, much like the conductor does for a western orchestra.

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Saw U

Saw U

The Saw U is a bowed instrument used in Thai music.

The sound resonator is made of coconut shell, with one side sliced off. The open portion is covered with stretched goat or calf skin. The neck, made of solid hardwood or ivory, is fixed into the coconut resonator. The sinstrument has only two strings, made of gut. The bow, made of wood or ivory, is inseparable from the instrument, its hairs passing between the two strings. The Saw U has been used as part of Thai instrumental ensembles since at least the eighteenth century.

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Fusion music

Fusion music that combines two or more styles. The main characteristics of fusion genres are variations in tempo, rhythm, dynamics, style and tempo. 'Fusion' used alone often refers to jazz fusion, especially with world music.

Fusion music as a genre has broadened the definitions of jazz, rock, and pop music.

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