Oberton Pro -=Yamanigan=- Jaw Harp – Best 2020 Russian Vargan for beginners and more
(as of May 09,2021 00:09:27 UTC – Details)
Oberton Pro “Yamanigan” Jaw Harp
“Yamanigan” differs from the vast majority of jews harps, available for sale, in terms of musicality. Usually those small buzzers made as funny toys, producing unusual sounds and giving lot of pleasure to owner, but they have a randomness in notes produced, because lot of inharmonic sounds masking notes, available to jews harps (overtones). The overall sound can be rich, colorful, loud, but it is like piano with untuned keys. “Yamanigan” has no such pseudo-beauty because colorful background noise is much more quiet – and this allows ho hear and to use real beauty – overtones.
It can be a first instrument. The use of relatively simple and friendly, but – like all non-souvenir modern jews harps – requires the correct handling. And, of course, it will give you lot of joy.
The best option in the pricerange – that is what we recommend to all beginners.
Average frequency, Hz
Ease of handling
Toy or budget music
Fun, toy, souvenir
Inexpensive start for any use
Great for slow relax
Perfect for trance/rhythm playing
Perfect bass for any use
Jews harp – mouth musical instrument, producing very unusual sounds by stroking its reed while frame end is pressed to teeth. Timbre and pitch changes by moving tongue, lips, throat and breathing. Jews harps can be very different – it is a whole world.
It can be used for playing music using overtones (set of JH notes, slightly different from modern musical scale).It can be used for fun – every single stroke is an unique experience and it is harp to stop doing that, starting once.It can be used to remembering our tribal roots and finding piece and harmony with nature. All you need is to “pluck”, listen and feel.
Jews harp is one of the oldest musical instruments in the world with pocket size. Almost forgotten in the last century harp made a few masters in all parts of the world, and over the past 10 years even improved in acoustic terms. Its rhythmic possibilities are endless and ability to change timbre in extreme, unusual ways are spectacular. Pure melodic playing with distinct overtones is possible too (with best musical models).
Jaw harp, juice harp, mouth harp, ozark harp, trump, jew’s trump are obsolete or wrong names of the jews harp. This name has nothing common with the Jewish people. Other names for jew’s harp in various regions of the world are: vargan, khomus, guimbarde, maultrommel, munnharpe, kubyz, dan moi, mondharp, temir-komuz, morsing, morchang, doromb, parmupill. More than 1000 names are known.
How to make sounds
To produce first sound, two frame ends must be hardly pressed to upper and lower teeth – not to lips – with left hand. Right index finger, vertically positioned, will stroke reed elbow at direction, perpendicular to frame plane, inward and outward.
Most common mistakes:
Dampening reed with lips – try to remove them completely from the frame first time. Lips should not help to hold jews harps.Pressing frame to lips instead of teeth – sound will be muffled and quiet.Pressing frame too hard, squeezing it with lips or fingers – in this case you will hear metallic clanging when reed hit frame. IT IS NOT JEWS HARP FAULT and nothing should be “repaired”, except handling accuracy!
If all ok and you started buzzing, try to move tongue, throat, change shape of mouth. Some positions will produce exact notes; some just change timbre and volume. Let the fun begins!
Based in Saint-Petersburg, Russia since 2008, Oberton Pro specializes on jews harps and developing culture of their musical usage.
The Center consists of
Store/workshop with largest selection of jews harps from all parts of the worldSchool with unique program combining classical musical training base with jews harps specificsLive venue, holding concerts, training, jams and other public eventsStudio, showing jews harps music to the worldMuseum, showing jews harp history starting from X-XII centuries
Our main interest is to hear lot of great music with a jews harp actively involved. This can be achieved only with spreading really good instruments, suitable for music. We doing lot of research and analysis on all models available in the market and trying to promote not “shiny loud things” to one month fun, but instruments, capable to Teach and Play.
Waiting for you Jews Harp Art!
Perfect balance between and colorful sound – it is a overtone musical instrument and a incredible funny thing at the same time
Compact size (about 3.5″ length) – always in your pocket
Modern high-precision production – guaranteed acoustic quality
Light cedar protective case for reed protection; with neck lace