Its sound is low and deep. It touches the very bottom of the human heart. This is often the favorite instrument of the audience asking about it after the concerts. It easily puts you in a state of meditation, relaxation and rest.
The Duduk body is made of apricot wood, which is up to 25 years old (!). The mouthpiece is made of pieces of river cane cut and pressed together. While playing, the mouthpiece vibrates like in the case of oboe and transfers its sound to the body.
When playing duduk, nine fingers are used to cover the holes. Similar to playing Bansuri, the holes are covered not with your fingertips, but with your finger joints. There are many ways to play this instrument that are more and less traditional.
I recommend Duduk to all experienced and beginner musicians. An experienced wind instrument player will find great pleasure in discovering the wide spectrum of possibilities to use Duduk, its scale and character. Beginners will immerse themselves in every successfully played sound and at the same time train their diaphragm during the first days of trials.
Below is a sound sample, the recording being a fragment of the song “Nightwalk” from my album “Flute Stories”:
(MP3 NIGHTWALK TRACK)
Sound sample of Duduk in key of A: