"Dear Matt I got the duduk yesterday morning, its beautiful, and sounds great
Thank you so much".
Jean Michel Dalbouze from France
"Dear Matt, I received the Duduk, The delivery was
I am very happy. It is a beautiful instrument.
Maybe one day will order an other one, but a bass
Nadine from Switzerland.
"Hi ! I just got the Duduk. It sounds great, thank you
Thibaullt Dinasquet from France.
"Hi Matt, I got the duduk in the mail today.
Everything looks good.
Thank you for your help and good customer
I will definitely recommend your shop
to others who are interested."
Cassandra from France.
"The Duduk has arrived in the south of
France in a week!
This is perfect! Thank you very much for your
All the best Camille.
"Hello, I have just ordered a new reed
for my new Duduk.
I only received the instrument last week.. and lovely
it is too."
Kind regards Karen ffrench from U.K
Hi Matt "I got the duduk yesterday
morning, its beautiful, and sounds great.
Thank you so much, I will recommend
you to my friends."
Thomas Parry from U.K
a few types of the instrument are known in
Armenia, which are the timbre supplementation
of each other and have rather high diapason.
The flute is the Armenian
national instrument. It belongs to the lyrical
The modern flutes are mostly
made of apricot wood. The instrument can be of
The instrument’s temper is
determined by its size. The longer the instrument,
the deeper are the sounds it produces,
and the shorter it is, the
higher and more shrilling are the produced sounds.
The bagpipe is
made of a male goat skin. This animal’s skin is
inserted on a wooden stick in order to produce a
One leg is used
for filling the sack with the air. The pipe is fixed
on the other leg.
The pipe is made
of apricot wood. It has a reed, which is prepared
from ebonite and a cane mouthpiece.
The instrument has
nine finger holes. It can have 7-8 finger holes on
the front and one hole on the opposite side.
The bagpipe has
large technical possibilities and can be in various
keys – in G, D, etc.
Hooper owner duduk.co.uk:
in 2003 I Saw a film called Vodka Lemmon and
heard a magical instrument being used on the
was a guy called didier malherbe playing an
Armenian Duduk, I was instantly blown
away by the emotion and wonder this instrument
next day I decided to check out the UK world
instrument shops to ask if I could get one, I
to find that this was not possible, most had not
even heard of a Duduk.
then started to look on the internet but soon
realised that it was not just a case of buying a
Duduk, the master
made the instrument was all important, I then
decided to get 2 Duduks from ebay but was even
sadder to find
out that the build of these instruments was very
poor to say the very least.
I decided to ask some Armenian musicians from the
UK if they could find me a professional
was so happy to find out they could, I was so
impressed by these instruments and knowing how
hard it was
for me to find one in the UK or EU I decided to
start to supply them myself.
now supply Professional Armenian
Instruments to the UK and EU.
am also a Duduk player and have performed
sessions for recording artists all over the world,
you can hear my Duduk sessions at
sessions please use the contact tab on this page.
for a short MP3 mix
demonstrating the magical sound of the Armenian
No other musical instrument is able to convey the
emotions of the Armenian people so honestly
and eloquently as the Duduk, born in the early
eons of Armenian history, it is purely Armenian.
Because of its evocative and colourful timbre and
warm sound, the Duduk has become part of everyday
life in Armenia
today, no festive occasion, wedding reception or
family feast is complete without a Dudukist.
The Duduk is a form of oboe hand-made almost
always of apricot wood, with a 1,500-year history
Travelling Armenians have taken it to Persia,
Azerbaijan, Turkey, the Middle East
and as far as the Balkans, where derivatives are
The instrument itself is simply a hollow pipe with
eight finger holes on the upper side and one thumb
hole on the bottom.
It has a warm, soft, slightly nasal timbre, but it
is capable of a wide-range of melodies and drone
sustained for long periods of time.
It is invariably played with the accompaniment of
a second 'dum Duduk,' which gives the music an
energy and tonic
atmosphere, changing the scale harmoniously with
the principal Duduk.
The Duduk is built in three sizes, ranging from 11
to 16 inches.
It requires a specific type of double reed,
categorised as a split or slit-tube reed. As a
musical instrument, it has not
changed through the centuries, but the manner of
playing it has been perfected and its sound has
Its range is only one octave; however, it requires
considerable skill to play, - its dynamics
controlled by constantly
adjusting the lips and fingers. The tuning is
basically untempered and diatonic, though
chromatic notes may be
obtained by partially covering the finger holes.
The Duduk repertoire consists of folk ballads as
well as upbeat dance music. Composers have even
orchestral pieces for the instrument.
care :: You
should never soak a ghamish in water as this will
If you are going to use water (usually
only when the ghamish is new or you have not
played it for a long time)
first slide the bridle all the way to the
top of the ghamish then put just a tiny amount
into the bottom opening with the cap on and shake
for a few seconds, then tip the water out,
the ghamish will then open up on its own in time .
There is no need for you to put water into the
ghamish if you play it every day
Simply blowing warm air from your breath is
usually enough to open the ghamish naturally.
So what can be done if you have already deformed
and the bridle can't control it?
You must put the cap in its place, slid the bridle
up, wait from 3 to 4 Hours hours then you
can play on it again.
Playing the Duduk ::
The Armenian Duduk is
a very simple and organic instrument that 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
not slouch, or bow your head as 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.
is important to note that unlike a clarinet it
does not need to be squeezed against the lips
because you can
actually pinch off
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
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 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 but 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 playing.
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
You will also notice
that you need to blow harder to maintain the
volume as compared to the completely open notes.
To 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.
far should the Ghamish be placed in the mouth ?
just the first 1.4 inch (tip)
much should the Ghamish be open ?
for a short MP3 demonstrating
the magical sound of the Armenian Zurna.
Zurna (pronounced zewer-na), like
the Duduk and Shvi is a woodwind
instrument used traditionally to play
Armenian folk music but is well suited
to western styles as well.
zurna is a conical oboe, made of apricot
wood, and uses a double reed which generates
a sharp, piercing sound
it has historically been played outdoors
during festive events such as weddings and
has 9 holes, 8 of which are used
while playing, and 1 thumb hole which
provide a range of one octave