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Korean Short Flute. The danso (also spelled tanso) is a Korean notched, end-blown vertical bamboo flute used in Korean folk music. It is traditionally made of bamboo, but in the 20th century it has also been made of plastic.
The instrument is derived from the Chinese xiao and is used as an educational tool in Korean primary schools, much like the recorder is used in western nations.
It is a popular instrument for solo recitals as it produces the clearest sound of all the wind instruments.
It is also used in duet performances with saenghwang or yanggeum.
The flute has 4 finger holes and one thumb hole at the back. The playing range is two octave, going from the low G to the high G.
The dan in the instrument's name means "short," and so refers to the notched, end-blown vertical bamboo flute.
The tongso or tugnso is a Korean notched, end-blown vertical bamboo flute used in Korean traditional music. It is similar to the danso, but longer.
The instrument is derived from the Chinese dongxiao. Regarding the instrument's name, tong means "hole" and "so" refers to the notched end-blown vertical bamboo flue.