Dan Moi - Bass
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Dan moi are perhaps one of the most versatile jaw harps available.
Hand-made by a small number of excellent local craftsmen, this brass instrument captivates even novices by being easily playable and having a brilliant sound, rich in overtones. Playing the Dan Moi Jew's Harp is effortless and enjoyable.
In contrast to other types of Jew's Harps, the Dan Moi must not be pressed against ones teeth to produce its full and warm sound. Rather, the instrument is gently rested against the player's lips with one hand while the other plucks the tip of the reed softly.
Moreover, the Dan Moi Jew's Harp affords players with an almost unlimited range of possibilities for the creation of sound effects since mouth and tongue are given considerably more freedom than with other types of trums. For example, you may try a simple echo effect by temporarily and rhythmically removing the Dan Moi from your lips, or try a tremolo by moving the tip of your tongue inside your mouth while playing.
How to play the Dan Moi
Hold the instrument's shaft between thumb and index finger and bring it to rest on your slightly opened lips so that the reed is given enough room to move in and out freely. Use your other hand to gently pluck the tip of the reed. Your mouth cavity functions like a sound-box and you can experiment with many different sound variations and effects by moving your tongue, cheeks, jaw, and/or throat. Similarly, you may use your breathing for rhythmic or harmonic effects and make your whole body resound along to the instrument.