What is Sasando?
Sasando is a traditional musical instrument from Indonesia, precisely from Rote Island, Province of Nusa Tenggara Timur, East of Bali. Sasando is a stringed instrument without chords and played by fingers. This instrument almost same like Harp, but has a very distinctive form and sound. Sasando is one of the famous musical instruments, not only in Indonesia, but also began to known in the world.
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Sasando is one of the musical instruments that have varied sounds, so it can play in various genres, such as traditional music, pop and other music genres.
History of Sasando
At one point, Sangguana dreamed. In the dream he plays a beautiful musical instrument and has a sweet voice. Then, Sangguana made a musical instrument called Sasando and given to the King. The king amazed by the musical instrument that made by Sangguana. So the King allowed his daughter to marry Sangguana.
Sasando has a very unique shape and different from other stringed instruments. In the main part of Sasando this long tubular shape made of special bamboo. The bottom and top of the bamboo is a place to install and adjust the strings. At the center of the bamboo is usually given “senda” (buffer) where the stretch stretched. Senda used to set the scales and produce different tones on each string. While the container for resonance in the form of woven “lontar” leaves are often called “haik“.
How to Play
Although Sasando is a musical instrument that played by picking, but sasando has different way with other stringed instruments. Sasando is usually played using both hands in opposite directions. The right hand acts to play the accord, while the left hand as a melody or bass. To play Sasando is certainly not easy, because it takes the harmonization of feelings and techniques, resulting in a tone that fits and melodious. In addition, the fingering skills in picking is necessary. Almost the same as the Harp musical skills in strumming greatly affects the sound especially when playing a fast tempo tone then the hand skills are indispensable.
1. Traditional Sasando
2. Electric Sasando
While electric Sasando is a type of Sasando that uses electronic devices (Modern Sasando). Usually electric Sasando played on a large stage or a modern show.
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1. Sasando Engkel
2. Sasando Double
3. Sasando Gong
4. Sasando Violin
Surely the use of each type of Sasando tailored to the skills of every player and the needs of the show.
Development of Sasando
Sasando traditional musical instrument is preserved and developed until now. Nowadays Sasando developed into several types, in terms of sound and even made electronic music.
Sasando still often played to accompany traditional songs, poets, and dances. In addition Sasando also featured in orchestra and solo performances.
Her beautiful, melodious voice makes many people interested in this instrument. Sasando music aren’t only famous in the local community, but also known in the world.
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