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Duduk and guitar

Posted by on Apr 27 2011 | Instruments

Armen Grigoryan, principal duduk player of the Yerevan State Orchestra in Armenia and master teacher/virtuoso, was kind enough to use one of my guitar compositions as the ground for a duduk solo – a fusion of British and Armenian music:



The guitar played here is a Lowden S25J nylon string jazz guitar, which I no longer own. The duduk is a great instrument, almost the same size as the Xaphoon which we sell here, but turned from mulberry or almond wood and fitted with a very large double reed. It is more a relative of the oboe or hautbois than the sax, though it actually plays more like a sax in terms of expression and intonation.

– David

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