The Morsing

The morsing is a Carnatic percussion instrument. It is a tiny instrument held in the left hand, shaped like prongs with an additional metal stick running through the length of the instrument.

The morsing is played by holding the prongs against the upper and lower teeth, with the metal stick protruding out and plucked with the index finger. Further control of the instrument can be done by careful regulation of the player’s breath.

The morsing has a unique pitch that can be slightly modified with small amounts of beeswax placed on the end of the metal stick.
The morsing is a lyre instrument said to originate in Greece.

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Performer Information

Performer Name: Senthan Nadarajah

Musical Tradition:
South, Carnatic

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