Traditional music is melodic , having its own unique form of harmony , often composed with a 4 4 na-yi-se , a 2 4 wa-let-se or a 8 16 wa-let-a-myan time signature. In Burmese, music segments are combined into patterns, and then into verses, making it a multi-level hierarchical system. Various levels are manipulated to create a song. Harmony in Mahagita the Burmese body of music is known as twe-lone, which is similar to a chord in western music. For example, C is combined with F or G. Musical instruments include the brass se which is like a triangle , hne a kind of oboe , the bamboo wa, as well as the well-known saung , a boat-shaped harp. These instruments are played on a musical scale consisting of seven tones, each associated with an animal that is said to be the producer of the tone. Each tone can be raised, lowered, or played naturally corresponding to sharp, flat or natural , resulting in twenty-one possible combinations. The pat waing drum circle, for example, consists of twenty-one drums, one tuned to each tone in each possible combination. Similarly, the Kyi Waing, a twenty-one gong instrument is struck with a knobbed stick placed alongside the pat waing.
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I have recently returned from Myanmar , and am trying to find a song which I heard whilst I was there. It is a melodic song with a male singer, and a catchy tune. It sounded like it was perhaps a love song. Unfortunately I cannot begin to repeat any of the lyrics, but I did ask someone on a boat what the song they were playing was, and I have written down 'sozaw thu hein'. A google of this so far has failed to bring up the song! A long shot I know, but I really loved the song so if anyone has any ideas what it may be I would be really grateful. Thank you in advance! Have a look on Youtube, Myanmar songs, I am sure you will find it there but if not I am sure a local poster can link you to the top tunes of the moment. This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity.
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