Jew's Harps

The Jew's Harp is a small musical instrument with a frame, on one side of which a lamella (tongue) is attached, which is moved by the player on the other end. With the metal hoop jaws, the tongue protrudes with the tip over the frame and is plucked directly with the finger. The sound and pitch of the instrument held against the lips are influenced by the size of the oral cavity, which serves as a resonance space, and by breathing. Different overtones are made audible.