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n. a small notched, end-blown, vertical flute made of bamboo or plastic, and used in Korean music


The danso (also spelled tanso) is a Korean notched, end-blown vertical bamboo flute used in Korean folk music. It is traditionally made of bamboo, but since the 20th century it has also been made of plastic.

The instrument is derived from the Chinese xiao and is used as an educational tool in Korean primary schools, much like the recorder is used in western nations.

The flute has four finger holes and one thumb hole at the back. The playing range is two octaves, going from low G to high G. The lower sounds are made by just blowing, whereas the higher ones are made by difference in the strength of the blowing.

The dan in the instrument's name means "short," and so refers to the notched, end-blown vertical bamboo flute. Another Korean end-blown vertical bamboo flute, the tungso , is longer.

Danso (name)

Danso is an Ashanti surname. Notable people with the Ashanti surname include:


  • Benjamin Danso (born 1984), German rugby union player
  • Erixon Danso (born 1989), Ghanaian-Dutch footballer
  • Kwaku Danso (born 1982), American football player
  • Mamadou Danso (born 1983), Gambian soldier
  • Megan Danso (born 1990), Canadian actress
  • Mustapha Danso (born 1981), constable, soldier
  • Yaw Danso (born 1989), Ghanaian footballer

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  • Danso Gordon (born 1979), Canadian actor

Category:Surnames of Ashanti origin