2-Stringed Hmong Music Instrument

Experience Hmong Heritage with Music

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$17.00 per guest
Hosted by Siaye Lee

Highlights

  • Craft your own Hmong 2-stringed instrument to bring home
  • Learn how to play Hmong Music
  • Interact with a local music instrument craftsmen and musician

Inclusive of:

  • Entire experience, all tools and materials you need
  • Bring home your own hand-crafted instrument
  • Pickup & Dropoff from Hotel
  • English Speaking Facilitator

Not Inclusive of:

  • Additional purchases
  • Food and drinks
4 Out of 5
7 Reviews
Pete Kornohen Laos
4
10 Jan, 2018

On our recent trip to Laos I tried to look for something activities that were "off the beaten track" and that might have...

James Whistler United Kingdom
4
12 Sep, 2017

After making my own flute i wanted to try more courses at Backstreet Academy and came for this unique instrument that ha...

$US 17.00 per guest
3 hours
1 - 4 guest
Cancellation Policy: Moderate

Full refund available for cancellations made up to 24 hours prior to booking start time.

More About This Experience

The 2 string Hmong music instrument is one of the oldest music in the string instruments category. It was founded about hundred years ago and today less and less people know how to play it, and even less know how to make one. In this experience you will get to learn how to make this instrument from scratch! A definite must-try for any music lover. Many years ago, this instrument was created together with its own style of music for the Hmong people to communicate their love and feelings to one another and was extensively used during big occasions like weddings or the new year. Today much of it has been relegated in favor of western music blasted from laptops. Don't let this old skill and instrument slip into antiquity and be one of the first people outside Laos to try and learn this instrument, and bring one home to impress people or add to your music repertoire if you're a musician. Note: Bring your own drinking water

Additional Information:

  • Wear comfortable clothes
  • Drinking water
  • Bring raincoat or umbrella if it’s rainy season (Rainy season is from May to mid October)
  • Pickup is included, please enter your pickup location during checkout
  • Pick up will be via a tuktuk
  • There might be other people on the same experience
  • Journey time from Luang Prabang is about 10-20mins

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Siaye Lee

Siaye is 65 years old now and used to live very high up on the mountain, about 4 hours walk from the nearest road. Making bird traps is something that he loves to do after working in the farm and he is willing to t...

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7 reviews from people who took this experience

Pete Kornohen Laos
4
10 Jan, 2018

On our recent trip to Laos I tried to look for something activities that were "off the beaten track" and that might have some contact with the local community. I run across Backstreet Academy's offering and decided to attend the 3 hour "Hmong two-string instrument building" -class/session. As soon as I had paid the reservation fee via PayPal they confirmed my participation. I was picked up from our guesthouse location right on time and taken to a small village just outside Luang Prabang. I was taken to a rural family house and introduced to the host - and I introduced myself as well. I had a local co-host from the organisation working as a guide/translator and he was very helpful too. The session started with a small discussion about what we were about to build up, and then we started working. Basically the host showed how to perform the work and then handed me the piece of wood and a sharp big knife / machete kind of tool. Apparently my visit drew some attention in the neighbourhood as some other people stared showing up and taking part in the instrument building. I was told in what kind of situations the see-saw was usually played etc. One of the guests was apparently a good player himself. I was also able to change some words with our host / instrument builder in French. The people were very interested in where I came from and I was able to share some background information on my home country and own background too (and show some pictures of snow!) After approx 3 hours the instrument was ready, I paid the rest of the fee to the host and the co-host and i was taken back to my guesthouse with a new instrument to my collections. I can warmly recommend this as a sneak peak to the local culture if you are interested in in any kind of instruments / building instruments / cultural history.

James Whistler United Kingdom
4
12 Sep, 2017

After making my own flute i wanted to try more courses at Backstreet Academy and came for this unique instrument that has 2 strings. Sort of looks like a dustpan with strings attached! But the music it makes are pretty nice and it really gets the villagers dancing. Very interesting to learn how to make it and participate in a crash course on playing songs on it. Great insight into Lao music and can possibly integrate it into Indie tunes.

US$ 17.00 per guest
7 Reviews