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KULINTANG

NOTATION SYMBOLS FOR KULINTANG

1, 2, 3, etc.

- Each number corresponds to a Kulintang gong. “1” refers to gong 1 (lowest pitched gong), “2” to gong 2, “3” to gong 3 and so forth.

- Left hand strikes the gong. Rhythmically, a single number with in a box means that a gong is struck once on the beat

3

3

- Right hand strikes the gong.

- Two numbers aligned with each other means that the two gongs are struck together on the beat.

1

4

- Two numbers with a horizontal line above them indicate that there are two strokes with in a beat.
- Generally these strokes are of equal duration.

54

4

4

5

5

.

- A dot inside a box indicates silence equivalent to one beat.

EXERCISES: there are two strokes with in a beat.

A.

2

2

3

2

3

4X

1

1

1

1

2

B.

2

2

5

22

4

4X

1

1

1

1

3

C.

3

.

5

.

5

34

2

1

2

1

1

This is an incomplete there are two strokes with in a beat.Binalig piece (by K. Kalanduyan).

Students should be informed that Binalig pieces are normally longer than this and has a lot of repeats and ornamentations at times. This is just an excerpt for students to practice continuous playing of the Kulintang and enhancing one’s facility with the instrument.

You may visit this website: http://www.pnoyandthecity.blogspot.com/

to learn more about it and have other pieces for download.

Reference for Number Notation:

Butocan, Aga Mayo. Palabunibunyan: A Repertoire of Musical Pieces for the MaguindanaonKulintangan. The Philippine Women’s University, TaftAvenue, Manila. 1987.

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