Check out my playing added on this famous lovely song : SORRY SEEMS TO BE – Elton John. It’s one of my favorite songs.. since i always liked it, specially its music, i tried to add to it an oriental flavor: I just played Nay in it trying to add my personal touch.
As i told you in the last post, i’ll be talking a bit about this instrument : an Arabic Flute instrument called “Nay” also known as nai, nye, or ney. The reason I was attracted to this instrument and the reason I was curious to learn how to play it is its sweet tender sound. it holds in it a kind of a lullaby, and its rhyme gets directly to the heart. It’s considered to be the perfect wind instrument in Arabic music since its richly harmonic tone and mellow more closely approximates the sound of the human voice than any other instrument. Nay flutes are made of pieces of hollow cane or reed or Bamboo. Modern nays may be made instead of metal or plastic tubing.. This instrument has seven holes, six fingerholes and a thumbhole. It’s also an end-blown flute that has no mouthpiece, but only a lip rest. Nays are keyed instruments. In the Arabic system there are 7 Nays. I only use 4 now. A good player can play the three-octave range on one instrument by altering the position of his fingers on the holes, by movements of the lips and head, and by breath control. Here’s a photo of my 4 Nays that i use sometimes in my music:
Nay solos figures in almost all my original compositions having its own mood and its special place in the track.. Later, I’ll post for you my friends a composition i made in summer, in wich I focused on Nay playing lullaby.. It’s called “Forbidden“. Stay tuned! 🙂