- Robert At’ayan
Armenian end-blown duct flute, made of reed or wood (usually apricot, boxwood, mulberry, or walnut). Its normal length is about 32 cm, with seven fingerholes and one thumbhole. At the upper end, near the mouthpiece, there is a metal (usually tin) ring for adjusting the sound by altering the windstream. The shvi can be made in various sizes. The smallest is about 23.5 cm long and sounds a 4th higher than the usual size. The shvi can be overblown, and being simple in construction it is also easy to play. It is played solo and in ensembles of folk instruments and is used for everyday music making and by shepherds, who sometimes use it in place of the more difficult pastoral ...