The music of Burma (or Myanmar) has similarities with and is related to many other musical traditions in the region. Burmese music includes a variety of folk traditions. A distinct form called the byaw is often played at religious festivals and is sung to the beat of a long and thin drum, with occasional interruptions by the beating of a larger drum. The Burmese monarchy as well as the infusion of different regional music styles, have created several classical traditions of Burmese music. The oldest influences may perhaps come from China, which shares a similar pentatonic musical scale as classical Burmese music.
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