The instrument is tall and slender, with nine frets. One string is used as a drone, and the other for melodic ornamentation. The performer playing the hegelung is usually plays while dancing or with body movements and sometimes accompanies the instrument with singing. 
Tboli believed that they could learn to play the hegelung if they rubbed their fingers with an insect called a meglung and the leaves of the meglung vine because the names rhymed. They thought that rhyming names could help them acquire the skill to play the instrument. 
- Miller, Terry E. (April 1998). "Islamic Communities of the Southern Philippines". Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. 4 (Islamic Communities of the Southern Philippines): 905. Retrieved 19 September 2014.
- Veredigno Atienza (October 2007). Towards the Development of Social Capital. Lulu.com. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-615-16030-6.
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