Supelka

 

Supelka

The supelka is similar to the kaval (open on both ends), except that is is shorter (240-350 mm). It can be made of either walnut, barberry, ash wood, maple or other wood.

The supelka plays the chromatic scale (two octaves), except the first note of the lower octave. In the low register, its sound is soft and pleasant, while in the upper register it is sharp and shrill.

The supelka has six finger holes and is tapered at the upper end. It is played with the three middle fingers of both hands and is held at a 45 angle. It is used both in solistic improvisations and together with other instruments.

 

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