311.221-5 (true) stick zithers with one resonator gourd

Stick zither locally called a Jengjurangrai, with a gourd resonator, bamboo neck, five raised wooden frets held in place with beeswax and 2 metal strings and 2 wooden tuning pegs. The sixth fret is missing.

Jengjurangrai players accompany themselves on the instrument in traditional Sora religious songs. The resonator is pressed against upper body. The index and middle fingers of right hand pluck the two strings while the all four fingers of the left hand stop the strings. One of the two equally tuned strings is used to play the melody, the other is the drone. Both thumbs rest on the bamboo string carrier to facilitate the finger movements.

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