Danso

Name: Danso.
Type: Aerophones > Flutes > Notched.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.111.1
Specimen: One in collection.
Country: Korea.
Region: Far East Asia.

Description: The Danso [in Hangul: 단소 in Hancha: 短簫] is a notched bamboo played in Korea. It was introduced during the 19th century originally from China. Where it was originally called duanxiao simplified Chinese: 短箫; traditional Chinese: 短簫; pinyin: duǎnxiāo; literally: ‘short xiao’. A closely related flute the tungso is much longer in length.

Etymology: The prefix “dan” in the name danso refers to the short length and type of the flute as it is a notched flute.

Construction: The danso are traditionally constructed from bamboo. From the 20th century Danso are available in plastic. The danso has a total of six finger holes including a thumb hole. It is tuned to a pentatonic or five note scale.

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