updated Aug 20, 2005

Antique Gaha

The Gaha is a bowed instrument from the Miao minority group in south-west China. The strings have to be wet with saliva before playing, so it is also called the saliva qin (fiddle). There are 3 kinds of tuning: CF, CEflat or CG. Tone range from C to C'.

Very deep tone. Can mix well with human voice. Small volume.

Can play vertically or horizontally. When playing vertically the gaha is put between the knees, the fiddle is held by the left hand, the bow held by the right hand. When it is played horizontally the bottom of the fiddle is put against the left chest, the left hand holds the fiddle and the right hand holds the bow.

A common way of playing is playing both strings at the same time to achieve harmony.

 
saliva fiddle of Miao ethnic group
saliva fiddle of Miao ethnic group


 
saliva fiddle of Miao ethnic group
saliva fiddle of Miao ethnic group
saliva fiddle of Miao ethnic group
Gaha playing