The jaw-harp is a lamellophone instrument, consisting of a flexible metal or bamboo tongue or reed attached to a frame. The tongue/reed is placed in the performer’s mouth and plucked with the finger to produce a note. Each instrument produces usually produces one pitch only, with its multiples [overtones].

This concept of a vibrating reed [lamella] in a frame does differ from the “combs” – such as the Mbira, Kisanji whose vibrating reeds are built  and attached to a box.


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