Duduk Armenian PERSONALISED reeds case Professional from Armenia Hand made apricot wood pro duduk A oboe flute BALABAN Woodwind Instrument

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ARMENIAN DUDUK+4 reeds+ case

Key: A
Skill Level: Intermediate
Size length: 35.5 sm or 14"
With reed: 42-43 sm or 17"
(If you need other keys, please contact me)

4 reeds
1 case (case will be different)
Made first-class Armenian masters

The duduk (doo-dook) is an ancient double-reed woodwind flute made of apricot
wood. It is indigenous to Armenia.It is commonly played in pairs: while the
first player plays the song, the second plays a steady drone, and the sound of
the two instruments together creates a richer, more haunting sound.

The unflattened reed and cylindrical body produce a sound closer to the
English horn than to more commonly known double-reeds. Unlike other double reed
instruments like the oboe or shawm, the duduk has a very large reed
proportional to its size. UNESCO proclaimed the Armenian duduk and its music as
a Masterpiece of the Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2005 and inscribed it
in 2008. Duduk music has been used in a number of films, most notably in The
Russia House and Gladiator.


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Armenian musicologists cite evidence of the duduk's use as early as 1200 BC,
though Western scholars suggest it is 1,500 years old. Variants of the duduk
can be found in Armenia and the Caucasus. The history of the Armenian duduk
music is dated to the reign of the Armenian king Tigran the Great, who reigned
from 95–55 B.C. According to ethnomusicologist Dr. Jonathan McCollum, the
instrument is depicted in numerous Armenian manuscripts of the Middle Ages, and
is "actually the only truly Armenian instrument that's survived through
history, and as such is a symbol of Armenian national identity ... The most
important quality of the duduk is its ability to express the language dialectic
and mood of the Armenian language, which is often the most challenging quality
to a duduk player."

*How To Play The duduk*
The Armenian duduk is a very simple and organic instrument, and it allows for
a great deal of individual expression. To begin, it requires a great deal of
breath, so proper posture and being relaxed is important. The breath control is
exactly like that of a singer, or an actor, in that you should breath from your
diaphragm, and not your chest. Do not slouch, or bow your head, this will only
block your breath/energy and make you work even harder to play the instrument!

The reed, while being quite large, only gets played at the very end, with only
1/4" to 1/2" being inserted into your mouth. It should not touch your teeth,
and your upper and lower lips should be secure on it just enough to make it
vibrate without any loss of air. It is important to note that, unlike a
clarinet, it does not need to be squeezed against the lips, because you can
actually pinch off your sound. The cheeks are allowed to puff out a little,
this actually helps your embouchure. The correct way to do a vibrato is by
moving your lower lip only, and not by moving your jaw.

The fingers are relaxed, at ease, and slightly curved. it may help to think of
this looseness as beginning in your arms, then flowing down into your wrists,
and hands. The fingers are spaced in two separate ways, depending in the needs
of the tune you are playing. In general, if you only need the top seven
fingers, then the top hand uses three fingers and the bottom uses all four.
However, if you will need all eight notes in the piece you will be playing ,
then both hands use all four fingers each. Notice that between these two
positions, there is a slight shift of where the fingers fall on the holes for
the top hand only.
As mentioned in the tuning section, when you play top four notes (#1 through
#5 on the fingering chart), you will want to keep all of the notes on the lower
hand closed. This not only will keep the top notes from being too sharp, it
also allows more of your instrument to resonate and therefore the sound will be
better. When you begin to play the duduk, you will soon learn that playing is
tuning... You must always be adjusting the reed in order to keep your pitch
correct, and you do this by getting it as close as you can with the bridle
before you start, and then you have to use your lips and fingers while your
You should begin by playing the holes all the way off and on. Then when this
becomes easier, start to work on your half-hole technique. You will need to get
a feel for where the actual note is (it's good to use a piano) and then work on
hitting it right from the start without it sliding around. You will also notice
that you need to blow harder to maintain the volume as compared to the
completely open notes. The put it in sequence with other notes. You should
ultimately be able to half-hole cleanly on every note, and not be able to tell
which notes are full and which ones are half-holed.
It is interesting to note that in Armenia, duduks are traditionally played in
pairs, with one person playing melody and one person playing a continuous drone
note called the "dam", or "damkash". In Armenia, it is common for the student
to hold the note for the teacher as part of his learning the instrument because
it helps to develop the muscles, as well as to perfect their intonation. This
"circular breathing" is done by puffing up the cheeks with air while you are
playing, then when you need to breath, you cut off the air in your throat At
his point, you simultaneously use the reserved air in your cheeks to keep the
note going as you refill your lungs through your nose. You then reengage your
lungs and the note never falters...It may be help to use an analogy here: think
of the whole process as if you were releasing and then reengaging the clutch in
the manual transmission of a car, while keeping it in the same gear. Your
cheeks are the clutch
Good luck and happy duduking

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