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Gyaling

The gyaling is a Tibetan wind instrument used in the combination of ritual chants and music known as yangröl.
Nuns playing gyaling at Nagi Gompa. Image courtesy of Jampa Palden.

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The gyaling is a Tibetan wind instrument used in the combination of ritual chants and music known as yangröl. We can literally translate the name of this musical instrument as “Indian trumpet.” It is a reed instrument, somewhat similar to an oboe. The player passes air down the reed through a cylindrical tube. Gyalings are often used during peaceful offerings and are the only instruments that are played using discrete pitches as opposed to slurred melodies.

Nuns playing gyaling at Nagi Gompa. Image courtesy of Jampa Palden.

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