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[Indonesian musical instrument history] Ganbang: Folk musical instrument

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Ganbang is a tuned percussion instrument in which teak wood and bamboo soundboards are lined up on a resonance box, and is known as a traditional Indonesian instrument. It is a xylophone played in Gamelan. It is used in gamelan music that is often played in Java and Bali. Gamelan is a well-known musical instrument in Southeast Asia, so many people are familiar with it. In recent years, Indonesian traditional music has spread widely and has become known all over the world.

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Location

This instrument was born in Indonesia.

Ganbang history

Ganban is a keyboard instrument made of bamboo. Ganbang is known as an instrument used in gamelan music. The existence of this instrument has been recorded in the materials since ancient times, and it has existed for quite some time. It wasn’t until modern times that this instrument became popular. It is said that this instrument was often used in the royal palace of Java and Bali since the 17th century. In addition to Ganbang, Ganbang musical instruments include salons made of metal and angklung made of bamboo. There are two types of ganban, one is a type in which the keyboards are lined up and played with a two-pronged plectrum in both hands, and the other is a type in which the keyboards are arranged in order with the higher-pitched one in the right hand and played with a plectrum that is not divided into two. There is a type. The former gangbang is now almost obsolete, and the latter type is becoming more common. Ganbang was an instrument used at funerals in the olden days.

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Features of Ganbang

Ganban is one of the bamboo and wooden percussion instruments. It is a famous percussion instrument in Indonesia. Ganbang is used in gamelan music that is often played in Java and Bali. Unlike ordinary keyboard instruments, the biggest feature is that all and semitones are lined up in a row. It is an instrument that is often in charge of accompaniment. The player hits the xylophone with a felted plectrum held in both hands. Ganbang can bring out the characteristics of musical instruments by chopping the beats finely. The appearance of Ganban is like arranging teak wood and bamboo sound boards on a resonance box.

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Ganbang song

Ganbang is often played mainly in Indonesian traditional music.

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