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Music intrument of Bali

Balinese have many type of music instruments and one is called Gender, a single percussion music played by one person with 4 percussioners. Gender is played as the music of Wayang pupper show and during the cremation ritual. Lately not only single player but also played in a group of more then 5 units with 5 players as show or performed for music amusement. This is only for amusement or sometimes as contest for school children or gender music group.

The notes of gender music instrument is based on sextatonic of 1 2 3 5 6 1 which is in Bali called slendro. To be a gender player is the most difficult start to train the hand to play melody, bas and other notes to intrweave the main notes, as one hand is to play 2 percussioners, and both hand to play 4 percussioners. Interveaving melody toned with bas sound very beautiful although it is payed by single person. Some melody compositions are played with the same methode, although for non Balinese it might sound the same, only the tempo and up down rythmes give clear sound differenciations. Whenever the playing is consist of many units the melody interweaving can be done much more complex resulting the sound 1, 2 and more which is actually giving more beautiful melody.

The ownership of this instrument is not as wide as Angklung and Gong, only certain people tha own gender. It is because it use only limited to the wayang puppet show and cremation ceremony. Lately wayang puppet show also using gong as their music. The production of this music instrument is also in Bali, at the same village where gong and angklung are made by blacksmith that is at Tiyingan village, kabupaten Klungkung.

Garis Bali

Angklung Music
Barong Dance
Barong Landung
Chinese Baris
Devdan Nusa Dua Theatre
Erau Tribal Festival
Gambang Music
Gender Music
Gong Music
Janger Dance
Joged Dance
Kecak and Fire Dance
Pasola Reba and Nagi
Pendet Dance
Rindik Music
Topeng Dance
Wayang Puppet Show


Among various tour packages and tour options in Bali there are some tours which can be said always on the publications and interest a large part of travellers to Bali. Kintamani mountain tour sits at the first number as the most popular sightseeing tour, second is Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot tour, third is Uluwatu temple tour.

  1. Kintamani tour bring combination of watching barong dance, beautiful temple architecture, beautiful natural views, dance, carving, accessories and painting bul see description
  2. Taman Ayun and Tanah Lot temples are two historical heritages from 17th, Taman Ayun palace temple which is always found near palaces of Balinese king starting 18th century bul see description
  3. Uluwatu temple located on steep drop cliff on the southernmost tip of Bali island. bul see description