How to Set the Tone on the Angklung

How to set the tone on the angklung? Let's see the steps!

Determining the Intended Tone

The first step is to determine in advance the tone that we will set. For example, we want to make an angklung with a do (or C, or 1) tone. We can use the help of a keyboard instrument, or maybe a digital tuner, or maybe an angklung that has been tuned to make our work easier.

For information, if you use a keyboard or piano, the angklung tone can be matched to tone 1. If you use a digital tuner, you can equalize the frequency of the bamboo tube which will be tuned to a do or C tone.

Well, after that, take the bamboo tube you want to adjust and we will start shaving it.

Torn bamboo tube

The next step is that we have to draw a bamboo tube that will be adjusted. This step needs to be done carefully. Therefore, in addition to injuring body parts, we also need to be observant in listening to the difference after we shave bamboo reeds.

In essence shaving the bamboo tube is a process that ends with the rupture of the bamboo tube which will be adjusted to the tone of the tool. Therefore, when shaving the bamboo tube, it is necessary to shake the bamboo tube. Don't let it be because of the fun of shaving bamboo, the tone you want to pursue is even missed.

According to one of the craftsmen in the workshop, the thing to note is that the lower the angklung bamboo tube is shaved, the lower the tone will be. So, don't let it be when you want to chase a certain tone, because the fun of shaving bamboo, your setting tone actually misses and is too low from the tone you want to pursue.

Tube to Frame

After that, the customized bamboo tube is inserted into the frame. There are two bamboo tubes in one angklung with the same tone, but different pitch (octave).

The last stage is sewing the bamboo tube to the angklung frame with rattan. After being sewn to the frame, then the angklung can be tested for sound.

An interesting fact about the process of making angklung is that one angklung can take 3 to 4 years because of the bamboo drying process. In addition, there is a fact that is no less interesting, namely if we sound the bamboo with a certain tone, the bamboo with the same tone will also vibrate.

Reflecting on the angklung process which takes a long time, there is nothing wrong with making one of these traditional music. As additional information, if you want to know more about making angklung.

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