Just like the Duduk, the Bloul, also known as the Armenian Flute, is undoubtedly of Armenian origin. It was developed in Western Armenia by Kurdish and Armenian shepherds. The player holds the Bloul at an angle while blowing into half the mouthpiece, the result being a haunting, wind-like sound.
The Shvi (pronounced sh-vee) which means whistle in Armenian, is a woodwind instrument used to play Armenian folk music. Typically the shvi is used for playing pastoral songs which were traditionally played by nomadic shepherds. Their songs "kept the rhythms of the day harmonizing the daily life for all through the dawn, noontime and dusk". The pastoral songs are played by a solo shvi and feature a series of musical segments, each of which has a meaning such as "Come here! Come here!" or "Listen! Listen!".
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