Type: Aerophones > Flutes > Transverse.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.121.12
Region: Far East Asia.
Description: The dangjeok is a small transverse bamboo flute used in traditional Korean music. Slightly smaller than its close instrument relative, the junggeum, the dangjeok is of Chinese origin. Its name, derived from the Chinese Tang Dynasty, dangjeok translates to “Tang transverse bamboo flute.”
The dangjeok is an aerophone which gives off a clear and bright sound, and has a limited one and a half octave range according to the ancient Korean music treatise, the akhakgwebeom. It is often played accompanied by the Korean lute and xylophone.
Construction: The dangjeok is made of yellow bamboo, having a single blowing hole, and seven finger-holes though the seventh finger hole is not used. The dangjeok is the highest pitched of the transverse flutes in Korean music.