Customer Comments

"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 very quick.
I am very happy. It is a beautiful instrument.  Maybe one day will order an other one, but a bass duduk".       

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 service.

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 efficiency! :)"

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


:Master Karen Hakobyan:

Karen Hakobyan  has been preparing professional Armenian instruments for many years and in this time has
made instruments for many musicians including the world famous Djivan Gasparyan.
 



 
Karen Hakobyan plays almost all wind instruments and wishes to preserve,  develop and show the
 voice and timber possibilities of old  Armenian instruments to people in all over the world.
 
 
Master Karen Hakobyan makes the following instruments
 
Tenor (standard) Duduk in all keys
 
Piccolo Duduk
 
Bass Duduk
 
Zurna
 
Pku
 
 
The “pku” is an ancient musical instrument, originating from the 5th century.

 Today a few types of the instrument are known in Armenia, which are the timbre supplementation of each other and have rather high diapason.

 
The instrument consists of a pipe and a reed. A horn prepared from a cow’s horn is fixed to the lower part of the pipe.
 The reed is prepared from ebonite and a cane mouthpiece. The mouthpiece can produce shrill or soft sounds.
 The instrument can be prepared in different keys - in C, A, D, F, B, etc.
 
 
 
Shvi
 
 
In the family of our national instruments the “shvi” occupies a proud place.
Its sounds are the closest to our hearts. The instrument is made of apricot wood and has large technical possibilities:
 from songs and music tunes to concert works. The “shvi” is used not only in Armenian, but also in Moldavian,
Romanian, Hungarian, German, and English folk and classical songs. Today a few kinds of the “shvi” are known.
 
Blul (Long Wind Flute)
 
 
 
The instrument consists of two parts.
Length – 57-58cm
Diapason – 2.5 octaves
The instrument is chromatic and has a deep sound.

The flute is the Armenian national instrument. It belongs to the lyrical instruments’ family. 

The modern flutes are mostly made of apricot wood. The instrument can be of various sizes.

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.

Armenian Bagpipe

The bagpipe is an ancient musical instrument, originating from the 6th century. Having a bright sound assortment,
 the instrument has been used during large open-air circle-dances, weddings, national festivities.  

The bagpipe is made of a male goat skin. This animal’s skin is inserted on a wooden stick in order to produce a leather sack. 

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.  

:Matt Hooper owner duduk.co.uk:

Back in 2003 I Saw a film called Vodka Lemmon and heard a magical instrument being used on the soundtrack.

it was a guy called didier malherbe playing an Armenian Duduk, I was instantly blown

away by the emotion and wonder this instrument could bring.

The next day I decided to check out the UK  world instrument shops to ask if I could get one, I was 

sad to find that this was not possible, most had not even heard of a Duduk.

I then started to look on the internet but soon realised that it was not just a case of buying a Duduk, the master 

who 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.

So I decided to ask some Armenian musicians from the UK if they could find me a professional Duduk, 

I 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.

I  now  supply Professional  Armenian Instruments to the UK and EU.

I am  also a Duduk player and have performed sessions for recording artists all over the world,

you can hear my Duduk sessions at www.myspace.com/matthoopermusic.

for sessions please use the contact tab on this page.

all the best

 Matt Hooper

 

Please click here for a short MP3 mix demonstrating the magical sound of the Armenian Duduk.


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 behind it.

Travelling Armenians have taken it to Persia, Azerbaijan, Turkey, the Middle East
and as far as the Balkans, where derivatives are played.

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 notes
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 been improved.

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 written
orchestral pieces for the instrument.

: Ghamish care :: You should never soak a ghamish in water as this will deform it.
 
 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 the ghamish
 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 chest.

 Do 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.

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 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 around. 

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.

:: Customer f.a.q ::
"Hello. The last month buys in its store Ghamish. Have liked as she sounds I, is of good quality,
but I have a refining problem.
 
The high notes are too high in the tonality. Already that I must blow slowly but in those notes, but blowing minimo, tone goes away in the half tone. I can do something to solve it? Thanks "
 
reply: "when playing high notes you have to move your mouth further towards the tip of the reed and also relax our lip muscles, also you must keep the holes below the high notes covered or the high notes will be sharp. 
 
 
 "Hi. can you please fine tune my Duduk ghamish, is there an extra charge for this ?"
 
reply: your Ghamish has been tuned to your Duduk at no extra cost, but please note,
 pitch is affected by these factors.
 
1.Embrochure:
The amount of pressure you apply with your mouth to the Ghamish and how far you place the
Ghamish inside your mouth.
 
2.Bridle placement:
By moving this even a tiny amount will effect not only the timbre but the pitch also.
 
3.how much the Ghamish is open, if it is open too much the pitch will be out, if it closed to tight it will be out.
 
4.the higher up you play in the scale the sharper the notes will be so there has to be some kind of trade off between how in perfect pitch the Ghamish is when playing lower down the scale against higher up.
 
 

 

  

How far should the Ghamish be placed in the mouth ?

reply: just the first 1.4 inch (tip)

How much should the Ghamish be open ?

 

Please click here for a short MP3 demonstrating the magical sound of the Armenian Zurna.  

The 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.

 

The zurna is a conical oboe, made of apricot wood, and uses a double reed which generates a sharp, piercing sound

Thus, it has historically been played outdoors during festive events such as weddings and holidays.

It has 9 holes, 8 of which are used while playing, and 1 thumb hole which provide a range of one octave