Aerophone # Near and Middle East Total: 16


  • Type Single-reed (double clarinet)
  • Origin Yemen
  • Materials Bone, Cane, Metal
  • Measures 23,5×4 cm
  • Dating 19th century

Of limited range – a fourth or s fifth-, it is played by means of the circular breathing procedure. It is customary to tune one of the two tubes slightly higher than the other, which produces a slight imbalance in tuning between the two tubes.
It is a traditional desire and is a characteristic of these types of instruments.
It is played alone and preferably by shepherds. In popular celebrations it can be accompanied by a cup-shaped drum, while in dances the drum is obligatory as it functions as the director.

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