Music at all times is considered one of the integral symbols of every nation. Culture in many ways begins with folk musical instruments. All of them have a unique melody along with an amazing form.
The name of the Armenian folk instrument shvi comes from the word “to whistle”, in other words it is a whistle.
In its form, shvi (in other words – pepuk, tutak) resembles a thin flute. There are 7 upper playing holes and one lower one on the surface. It is mainly made from apricot wood. The wood was brought to such a fineness that the sound during the Play was very sonorous and sharp, so shepherds actively used the instrument from the very beginning.
The navel can be made from:
- willow bark;
- walnut tree.
The ethnic instrument reaches a length of about 30 cm, which allows it to have a melodic, sharp sound in the range of one and a half octaves.
To move to the 2nd octave, a stronger air flow is enough. Shwee can sing such high notes that it rivals birdsong. The lower octave sounds like a standard wooden flute, while the upper one sounds like a piccolo.