Saw Duang

Name: Saw Duang.
Type: Chordophones > Spike > Fiddles > Bowed.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.313.7
Country: Thailand.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The saw duang [in Thai: ซอด้วง, pronounced in IPA sɔː dûəŋ ; in RTGS: so duang] it is a two-stringed instrument used in traditional Thai music. The saw duang and its closest relatives were adopted from instruments of Chinese origin. Hence they resemble the Huqin family of musical instruments as played in China.

Playing Techniques: The sound is produced by the bow made from horsetail hair which goes between the strings made from silk. The bow has to be tilted to switch from one string to another. Saw duang is light and played vertically on the lap. It creates a bright tone unlike the Saw u which produces a mellow sound.

Citations: Bibliography: Yupho, Dhanit 1987 ; Thai Musical Instruments – Bangkok: Fine Arts Department ; Tunmanukun, Theerapan 2007. Production Methods of Saw Duang – Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University ; Websites :

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