The Albanian clarinet is played in a style similar to Greek. Since it is almost always used as a lead instrument, it is played in a way to impress and touch the listener, rather than to blend with other instruments. Because of this, it is played with a constant vibrato and usually a strong, dominating tone. Also, because the clarinet mostly replaced more primitive woodwinds, such as the kaval, bagpipe, and zurna, it inherited similar decorations. These are very fast and performed more by the fingers than the mouth (listen to the beginning of the clarinet Kaba). Finally, the style includes playing some partial sharps and flats, and gradual pitch bends (listen to the beginning of «ermenika)."

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