The Otamatone is an electronic musical instrument developed in Japan.
It is a singing toy whose body is shaped like an eighth note, with sound emerging from a “mouth” on the notehead. 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 bar on the stem; a higher position on the stem creates a lower sound.
Varying the pressure on the head (thereby opening and closing the “mouth” of the instrument) creates a wah-wah effect, and shaking the neck (and thereby slightly changing pressure on the head) creates a vibrato effect. Switches on the back of the head allow users to change octave, turn it off or on, or change the volume.
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