Exploring the Potential of Independent Learning for the Acqui ...

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This is a qualitative investigation to create practice sets for the traditional Thai khim that would permit independent practice and self-tuition. These sets are to be considered part of the promotion, conservation, and development of national arts and culture for longer-term survival and to respond to the increasing demand for independent learning material. Data was gathered from documentary review and in-depth interviews with nine khim musicians. It was found that khim techniques are generally consistent from one musician to the next. This potentially facilitates independent self-tuition of the instrument. However, two of the most important elements of khim musicianship are playing posture and hammer grip, which are more difficult to train without an expert eye. Based on interview comments about the difficulty and different stages of khim training, the researchers develop practice material for independent training. The findings suggest that independent khim learning should be a supplement to traditional, rote-based Thai music pedagogy.