What is a zurna?

What is a zurna?

The zurna is a woodwind instrument used to play Anatolian, Middle Eastern and Central Asian folk music. The zurna is a conical oboe, made from the fruit tree Apricot 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.

How many holes does a zurna have?

Seven holes on the front, and one thumb hole, provide a range of over one octave including some transposition. [citation needed] It is similar to the mizmar. Zurnas are used in the folk music of many countries, especially in Iran, Algeria, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Central Asia, Iraq, Syria, Turkey, Greece,…

What types of wood are used for zurnas?

We sell zurnas in apricot and plum wood which are the most used types of wood in zurna construction. There are two types of zurna playing, sitting and standing. There are seven holes in total on the zurna.

What is the vocal range of a zurna?

During the archaeology excavations made on the Mingachevir eraz, which is one of the oldest human dwellings, four zurnas prepared from the maral horn were cut. Although the vocal range of the zurna is not very wide, it can be considered a success to sound two octaves.

The zurna, like the duduk and kaval, is a woodwind instrument used to play folk music. The zurna is made from the slow-growing and hardwood of fruit trees such as plum or apricot ( Prunus armeniaca ). There are several different types of zurnas.

What is the longest and shortest zurna in the world?

The longest (and lowest-pitched) is the kaba zurna, used in western Turkey and Bulgaria, the shortest (and highest-pitched), which can be made of bone, is the zurna played in Messolonghi and other villages of Aetolia-Acarnania region in Greece.

How many zurnas do you need to play a zurna?

Zurnas are frequently played in pairs. For village celebrations such as weddings, one or two zurnas may be combined with a large drum, or davul. This combination is so well established that in some regions the term davul-zurna actually means “music.”