Type: Idiophones > Lamellaphones > Jaw-Harps > Tension.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 121.22
Country: Bali, Indonesia.
Region: South East Asia.
Description: The genggong is a bamboo jaw-harp that is found in Bali, Indonesia. It is usually played in pairs. One instrument slightly larger then the other. Corresponding in higher pitch.
These jaw-harps are classified as “tension harps” because the use of the cord to play this type of jaw-harp. These are tension harps and are difficult to play at the speeds normally found in Bali.
Playing Techniques: The two instruments hocket [play interspersed notes] in complex rhythmic patterns, which produce a very intricate and exciting effect.
Usually players hold either a piece of palm or banana leaf beside their mouth when playing to act as a resonator. Together with the Indian morsing, this is one of the world’s most exciting jaw harps styles.
Citations: Bibliography: Randy Raine-Reusch @ [Genggong article] asza.com