Māori Girl Playing A Jew's Harp, Early 1900s Popular Music Te Ara Encyclopedia Of New
Almost all cultures have this instrument, but everywhere it is called differently. In the Altai this ancient ethnic overtone instrumen named Vargan, and it is not just a musical Instrument, but it is a means for communication with nature and with other worlds than the actual Shamans engaged to this day.
Maarja Nuut's music combines traditional dance tunes, songs, and stories with live electronics to create an intricate and layered soundscape where minimalism and experimental sounds meet the village musical traditions of pre-war Europe. The trunfa of Sardinia is very common in the traditional folk music of the island. This Jew's harp is much more fragile than for instance its equal in Sicily (compare nr 4 with nr 1 on photograph 1).
A more specific look at the British Isles was done by Michael Wright in his ‘The Jew's Harp in Law, 1590 to 1825, in The Folk Music Journal, vol 9. No 3, (2008). and a close look at the actual instrument by Ola Kai Ledang, ‘On the Acoustics and Systemic Classification of the Jaw's Harp' in the Yearbook of the International Folk Music Council, Vol 14 (1972).
Playing in clubs has other problems. Some listeners simply cannot hear the tune. While that sometimes has something to do with the player being nervous and breathing too heavily, it also appears that some people simply cannot hear beyond the drone. It may be that listeners have to become attuned to the sound. You also find people who are horrified at the idea of putting a piece of iron on to teeth and 'twanging' a metal spring into the mouth. To them I can only say that it is perfectly safe when used properly and, no, I do not have any complaints from the dentist.
Because of historical factors and its influence from Russian diaspora, most Yakuts have lost their beliefs in Shamanism or have converted to Russian Orthodox religion. However, Shamanism has not totally vanished. People still believe that shamans have some supernatural powers. They are respected and protected by people and local authorities.
Before I played a custom made "komus" Jew's harp but this one is absolutely other story. The tongue's end is not comfortable to play cause of its sharp edge - it should be the round one for fast and comfortable playing (finally my thing became broken). The sound fades very quickly.
someone playing a jew's harp
jew's harp made in russia
cracker barrel jaw harp
crazy train jaw harp