It is a musical instrument and singing toy whose body is shaped like an eighth note it also somewhat resembles a tadpole, " otamajakushi " being Japanese for "tadpole" , with sound emerging from a "mouth" on the notehead. Often classified as an electronic musical synthesizer, its sound is similar to that of a theremin, but has also been compared to that of the Chinese jinghu. It requires two hands to play: while one hand holds and squeezes the "head", the other hand controls the pitch of the tune by placing the finger on a ribbon controller on the stem; a higher position on the stem creates a lower sound. The ribbon controller is deliberately delinearized to resemble a guitar, so there is a shorter distance between higher notes than between lower ones. Varying the pressure on the head thereby opening and closing the "mouth" of the Otamatone creates a wah-wah effect, and shaking the neck and thereby slightly changing pressure on the head creates a vibrato effect.
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May 9, References. This article was co-authored by our trained team of editors and researchers who validated it for accuracy and comprehensiveness. There are 13 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 10, times. Learn more An Otamatone is a Japanese instrument that's shaped like a music note and sounds like a theremin or synthesizer. You use your fingers on one hand to play notes on the stem or stem switch while your other hand grips the base. The Otamatone was created to be a toy, so have fun creating all kinds of funky tunes! Please help us continue to provide you with our trusted how-to guides and videos for free by whitelisting wikiHow on your ad blocker. Log in Facebook.
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