Dili Kaval

Name: Dili Kaval.
Type: Aerophones > Tubular > Ducts > Flutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 421.211.12
Country: Azerbaijan.
Region: Caucasus.

Description: The dilli kaval [in Azeri: Tütək] is a traditional fipple flute from Turkey and Azerbaijan. They are typically made of plum, ebony, or apricot wood. They have a seven holes on the front and a thumb hole on the back;

Playing Techniques: The lowest hole on the front is seldom played, if ever covered while playing. Similar to an penny whistle, the register can be controlled by the force of breath. The word “dilli” is Turkish for “tongued” and alludes to the fact that this flute has a duct or “fipple” rather than being rim-blown like a conventional kaval.


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