MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel MinMaxTravel
Home | Vietnam | Art Performance | Tinh Tau Musical Lute
Tinh Tau Musical Lute

The tinh tau is an original musical instrument very popular among the Tay, Thai and Nung minorities of the northern highlands.
It is also called the then lute because it is played in rituals performed on the occasion of then ceremonies. Its name describes how it is made: tinh means musical instrument, tau means gourd. Tinh tau means "lute made with a gourd".

tinh tau comprises a sound box made of the dried half of a gourd shell pierced with sound holes. The sound board is made of light unvarnished wood and is about 25cm across. The neck is a tapered rod about 80cm in length, with no frets. The bigger end of the rod goes through the shell of the gourd; the other end is curved backward. It has small bells attached to it and two or three pegs for turning. The strings, two or five in number depending on the ethnic minority using the instrument, are made of silk.

The player rests the neck of the tinh tau on her thumb and middle finger, and plucks it with her index, either downward or upward, at times in a quick run. The lute can sound a semi-tone, four quarter-tone and a three quarter tone because it has no frets. The playing technique includes vibrato, trills and harmonics.
The tinh tau has a sweet and warm tone. It plays a major role in then ceremonies and traditional dances. Bass and soprano instruments are often played together with good effects. Recitals of tinh tau are well liked at home and abroad.

  • Hat Xoan is a festive and custom folk-song performed in festivals and worshiping genie. According to "Hung Vuong Legend", Hat Xoan began in the stage of...
  • Hat Gheo is a kind of loving singing performed by boys and girls in the spring, autumn, festive season and nights with bright moonlights. Hat Gheo of...
  • The culture of the Southern ethnic minority of Khmer is most reflected in the art of dance. Although influenced by Indian art, the Khmer art has its own...
  • The art of truyền thần portrait drawing developed in Hà Nội during the early years of the 20th century, mainly as a means of creating artistic...
  • Each region in Vietnam has its own typical folk songs. The land of Hong Lam in Central Vietnam with its mountains and rivers, picturesque beauty, plain,...
  • This is a folk genre of singing and dance of Nguồn people in Minh Hoa, Quang Binh.Nhà Trò singing used to be held on the fifteenth of the...
  • Hat Xam, or the song of the blind artists, has existed since the Tran dynasty (13th century).Tran Quoc Dinh, a son of King Tran Thanh Tong was the father of...
  • On November 7, 2003, UNESCO bestowed world heritage status on 28 relics of nations as masterpieces of oral and intangible heritage of humanity. Among the 11...
  • The tinh tau is an original musical instrument very popular among the Tay, Thai and Nung minorities of the northern highlands.It is also called the then lute...
  • Sao is usually used to designate a vertical bamboo flute pierced with finger holes. However, this term is often used by ethnic minorities to describe several...
  • It is impossible to be without this kind of traditional music at a Khmer wedding reception in the South of Vietnam. Though there has been much change in...
  • This musical instrument was intended for women. The name klong put of Xo Dang origin has become the common name of this woodwind musical instruments depicted...
  • Rija is a term used by the Cham to designate numerous festivals related to agriculture and clans (for instance, Rija Prong, Rija Nagar or Rija Yaup,...
  • This type of music is played in military dance ceremonies. The Tay Son Military Music originated in Binh Dinh Province, a place famous for its practice of...
  • Dan bau is a musical instrument that touches the heart. The music of dan bau (one-stringed zither) should be solely for the pleasure of its player. Don't...
  • The khen is a musical inst Lent used by the Mong ethnic minority, who call it the kcnh, while the Viet gave it the name Mong Khen (previously Meo khen . The...
  • Two-stringed musical instrument (Dan Tinh) is the special folk musical instrument of Tay ethnic people, giving sweet, cozy and smooth sounds with marvelous...
  • Then singing in Cao Bang is widely popular with plentiful different appearance in all aspects in every region, district.It is easily seen that Then singing...
  • Sli luon is a popular and unique folk song of Nung ethnic people. Nung ethnic group has many groups and different names, which are closed with their old...
  • For more than three thousand years, members of the more than twenty ethenic minority cultures of the Tay Nguyen region of Vietnam- the centre highlands- have...
  • Hat tuong, the Vietnamese classical opera, (called Boi in the southern part of Vietnam) has been considered a specific traditional art on Viet Nam.Tuong was...
  • Cải Lương, VIETNAMESE OPERA or also known as VIETNAMESE RENOVATED OPERA is a type of theatre that was developed in the early 20th century.It was first...
  • Ca Trù - an original art performance of academic character - has been preserved for the past 10 centuries.Ca Trù appeared officially under...
  • The Hát Chèo is a satirical musical theatre, a kind of popular opera with an entirely oral tradition. Cheo is a specific and special art...
  • The Vietnamese are very religious but not fanatical. Compared to other categories, cult music was not widely developed. The most significant cult song type...
  • Hat Quan Ho was born about the 13th century in the Bac Ninh province and was always heard during spring festivals, especially of the Buddhists. Bac Ninh is...
  • Roi Nuoc is a traditional Vietnamese performance art using colorfully painted and costumed wooden puppets. They most closely resemble marionettes, with...

MinMax Travel © 2002 - 2019. All copyrights reserved. International Travel License 01-240/2010/TCDL-GPL HQT.

Head Office: 15 An Duong Vuong, Tay Ho District, Hanoi City, Vietnam Tele: +84 (04) 37101308 Fax +84 (04) 37101307 Email: vietnam@minmaxtravel.com
Ho Chi Minh City Office: 1F, 179 Nguyen Cu Trinh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Tele +84 976934428 Email: vietnam@minmaxtravel.com

VIETNAM: +84 4 37101308 HOTLINE: +84 (0) 976 118 989

Vietiso

LiveZilla Live Chat Software