Musical instrument Komus

Musical instrument Komus

In Altai there are many amazing places. Peculiar culture, history, traditions attract tourists from different parts of the country. And one of the interesting and iconic things is a musical instrument comus. If you wish, you can master the game on it and get pleasure from it.


Musical instrument Comus is differently called Altai Vagan. The first acquaintance with this unusual subject usually happens when it is in the hands of the master. To play on the Commus delivered pleasure, it is necessary to start to learn the most simple techniques.

The tool itself is calmly placed in the palm. It is a rod, on both sides of which are located structures, something resembling question marks. On the end of the rod has a tongue. The tool is made of brass and steel, which are resistant to corrosion. The peculiarity of the instrument is that the sounds extracted from it directly depend on breathing and voice playing. It uses in the process of the game language, voice ligaments, lungs. In addition, when playing you need to breathe correctly.

Masters recommend to store a tool in a case so that it is safe and preservation and not exposed to external influences. Yes, and a person playing on Vargane perceives him as a part of himself, his soul.

What are there?

Throughout the history of its existence, the tool slightly modified. The first users of Varganov were shamans. It was believed that the tool helped them enter the trance to do or other predictions. At the beginning of the 20th century, Vargan in Altai could rarely be found, the secret of his manufacture was known only to the chosen. But nowadays this tool is available to everyone who wants to learn how to play it. There are masters who have been manufacturing this tool for many years.

  • Vladimir Potkin. This Altai Master makes Somes within fifteen years. It is believed that it was he who developed the modern form of the instrument, which is used now, not only in Russia, but also in other countries.
  • His brother Paul also makes Altai Vargany, but they have some differences. The sound of his tools is lower. There are those who have such nuances closer. After all, each musician chooses his tool.
  • Alexander Minakov and Andrei Kazantsev Make Vargany longer, and the hex base helps to conveniently fix the tool when playing.

How to play on a komus?

Master the game itself is easy, for this you will need a few minutes. But you can improve your skills infinitely.

  1. First, you should press the basis for the teeth, but so that there is a small space between the bottom and the upper. It will be a place for the tongue of Vargan.
  2. In the next stage, the tongue must be slightly delayed to the lips and let go.
  3. Someone conveniently plans the basis of the instrument not from the teeth themselves, but between the lips. But the jaw does not need to bother, because the tool tongue must vibrate.
  4. When you manage to master the main stage, you can change the position of the tongue, pull the cheeks, add breathing and voice. All this will give individuality to the game.

At first, painful sensations are possible in the area of ​​teeth and language. But there are also real virtuosos that do not even use hands when playing: the tongue of the tool they pushes their own language. But this method can be practiced when the experience of the game is already developed by hand.

Legends and impact on man

    More unknown, as a comus appeared, but it knows his influence on a person, in particular on his health: physical and spiritual. It is believed that when a person plays on this tool, he will use the whole organism, learns to breathe correctly, he clears his thoughts, can move mentally anywhere. This is a kind of meditation. If you concentrate on something concrete, playing in Altai Vargan, you can materialize your desires. But thoughts, of course, should be clean.

    The sound of him is so fascinating that the ancient legends say that with the help of these sounds they spoke about their love, calmed the children, packed the animals, treated diseases, caused rain. It is believed that the owner of this tool should be one. It is no coincidence that people believe that in difficult minutes you can contact him for help. Playing on such a tool, you can come to some solution.

    As for the history of the occurrence of Somes, that is, one legend telling how the hunter was walking through the forest and suddenly heard unusual sounds. He went to the other side and saw a bear sitting on a tree. Drejaya Schiepu, he removed strange sounds. Then the hunter decided to make a tool with amazing sound. One way or another, but this mysterious tool has become available to the people. And today, many seek to experience his magical power.

    Description of the sounds of the Kumus look next.

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