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Small Zhengluo (small metal gong)
In Hakka, it is called “Dingdong” or “Changding.” It is round, like the copper gong, with an external wood frame. There are three holes in its side with a cord passing through More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Small Cymbal
It is called a Qizi, or Suo, in the Hakka language. It is made of bell bronze, the shape of a plate, three to five inches in diameter. The raised hemisphere in the middle is the… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Bamboo Clappers
These are called Jiajie in the Hakka language. The Bamboo Clapper used in Hakka Eight Tones is made of two pieces of bamboo half-section. There are 2 holes on one side of each… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Bangzi (Wooden Clappers)
In the Hakka language, this is called either the “Qiaozi” or the “Qiaozi Board.” There are two varieties, treble and bass. It is made of solid wood, 4 inches long, 2 inches tal More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Nao
Xia and Shang dynasties (1765 – 1122 BC) This instrument resembles a cymbal. The biggest difference is that the central bulge of a cymbal is larger than that of the Nao. It is a… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Qing
It has a bell shape, facing upwards, and is made of copper. When struck on the side with a stick, it gives out a very prolonged sound with a humming acoustic. It is common in… More
2006-01-12 /Idiophones
Jazz Drums
Before jazz drums came to Taiwan, there was no such term; we only said “drummers” and called the music “light music.” Afterwards, when jazz music arrived in Taiwan, people grad More
2006-01-12 /Membranophone
Handle Drum
Handle drums are side drums with handles. They lead the drums and wind instruments when marching. The handle drum is a replacement for the Tong drum (or Pai drum). It is a Hakka… More
2006-01-12 /Membranophone
Flat Drum
This is a small-size drum in the shape of a flat disk. The player holds it in one hand and strikes it with a small wooden stick held in the other hand. It is a Beiguan instrument,… More
2006-01-12 /Membranophone
Bass Drum
Also called the Datang Drum. This drum is of a larger size, usually with a diameter of more than one and a half foot. It is a round wooden bucket in which both sides are the same… More
2006-01-12 /Membranophone