Instrument used in "On that Day"

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Instrument used in "On that Day"

Postby Sandra » Wed Apr 27, 2005 4:53 am

What is that vibration metal like instrument that is heard in that song?
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Postby jarkko » Wed Apr 27, 2005 7:24 am

Leonard is playin JEW'S HARP
http://www.jewsharpguild.org/
http://www.music.vt.edu/musicdictionary ... sharp.html

And this is from http://www.answers.com/topic/jew-s-harp :
The Jew's harp is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world. Called variously a jaw harp, khomuz, kubyz, munngiga, gewgaw, munnharpe, drumbľa , maultrommel, trump, guimbarde or vargan, among other names, it has no particular connection with Jews.

The instrument is a lamellaphone, which is in the catagory of plucked idiophones: it consists of a flexible metal or bamboo tongue attached to a frame. This tongue is placed in the performer's mouth and plucked with the finger to produce a note. The note thus produced is constant in pitch, though by changing the shape of his or her mouth and the amount of air contained in it the performer can cause different overtones to sound and thus perform simple melodies.

There are many theories for the origin of the name Jew's harp (see the external links below), one being that it may derive from its popularity amongst Eurasian steppe-peoples like the Khazars, perhaps being introduced to Europe from that direction. A likely explanation is that it is a corruption of "jaw harp", while a less likely explanation espoused by some is that its name comes from "juice harp" from the amount of saliva produced while being played.
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Postby Teratogen » Wed Apr 27, 2005 9:29 am

yeah, leonard uses that instrument on a lot of his older stuff, too.
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Postby Sandra » Wed Apr 27, 2005 3:32 pm

It is similar to the sound that produces the "trompe" used by native from Chile:



http://icarito.latercera.cl/enc_virtual ... trusur.htm
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Postby Dylan » Tue May 17, 2005 8:16 pm

Buffy Sainte Marie uses the jew's harp a lot too.
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