Sho And Tell

Robin Thompson, the only British musican to have mastered the sho, explores this remarkable instrument, which is fascinating technically as well as visually.

In each of its bamboo pipes is a free reed, similar to those in a harmonica.

The sho sounds as the player inhales as well as exhales, allowing very long runs, and as several notes can be played simultaneously it functions as both a chordal and melodic instrument.

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Robin Thompson, the only British musican to have mastered the sho, explores this remarkable instrument, which is fascinating technically as well as visually.

In each of its bamboo pipes is a free reed, similar to those in a harmonica.

The sho sounds as the player inhales as well as exhales, allowing very long runs, and as several notes can be played simultaneously it functions as both a chordal and melodic instrument.