Posted at July 20, 2013 | By : | Categories : Winds | 0 Comment

wi-hulusi-lrgThe word “hulusi” comes from two other Chinese words – “hulu”, meaning gourd, and “si”, meaning “silk”, referring to the instrument’s smooth sound. Originally, it was confined to a small area of China and played by minority ethnic groups. Today, it is played all over China. It is traditionally constructed of a gourd and three bamboo rods. It is played from a mouthpiece at the bottom of the gourd and must be played with some force in order to produce notes. The sound is very unique, and may remind you of the Indian snake charmer.