Considered the world's oldest stringed instrument, the mouthbow consists of a single string made of horsehair, sinew, or wire and a curved piece of wood or bone.
Scholars believe the mouthbow first came to the United States with slaves from Africa.
How to Play the MouthBow
Somewhat technical explanation of how to play and why certain actions lead to certain sounds.
NPR : Mouthbow Music from John Palmes
Folk musician John Palmes plays everything from Bach to James Brown. What is unusual is his instrument, the mouthbow. Marika Partridge reviews his new CD, "Mouthbow: Small Voices." (March 14, 2005)
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