Washint

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Washint
Woodwind instrument
Classification aerophone
Hornbostel–Sachs classification421.111.12
(end blown flute)
Playing range
unknown, usually players take 20 to 30 washints with them for performing

The washint is an end-blown wooden flute originally used in Ethiopia. Traditionally, Amharic musicians would pass on their oral history through song accompanied by the washint as well as the krar, a six stringed lyre, and the masenqo, a one string fiddle.[1]

Construction and design[edit]

The washint can be constructed using wood, bamboo, or other cane. Varieties exists in different lengths and relative fingerhole placement, and a performer might use several different flutes over the course of a performance to accommodate different song types.[2] It generally has four finger-holes, which allows the player to create a pentatonic scale.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Nidel, Richard (2005). World Music: The Basics. Routlidge Taylor & Francis Group, NY.
  2. ^ Kimberlin, Cynthia Tse (1974). "Ethiopian and Tribal Music". Ethnomusicology. 18 (1): 178. doi:10.2307/850080. JSTOR 850080.
  3. ^ Sárosi, B. (1967). "The Music of Ethiopian Peoples". Studia Musicologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. 9: 14. doi:10.2307/901579. JSTOR 901579.

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