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Ney Lessons


About the Ney

The ney, is an end-blown flute that exists prominently in Middle Eastern music. In some of these musical traditions, it is the only wind instrument used. The ney has been played continuously for 4,500–5,000 years, making it one of the oldest musical instruments still in use. The ney consists of a piece of hollow cane with five or six finger holes and one thumb hole.

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Frequently Asked Questions

In Finoon, there are typically 8 progressive levels for the ney through which the student studies certain musical compositions with a special focus on technique and practice. The duration of each level depends upon the comprehensive capabilities of the student, their regular attendance to classes and persevere practice.

First, let’s establish that no magic can make you a player overnight, mastering any musical instrument takes time. The most important thing however is, the number of hours per week that you actually invest into practice. Practice strengths your muscle memory so that your body knows what to do without you even thinking. Make sure that you practice at least three hours a week, but it is recommended to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily.

They are no special physical requirements for ney players but people with relatively full lips and long fingers have an advantage; also smoking is a disadvantage to healthy breathing so non-smokers also have an advantage here

The curriculum contains a set of exercises for breathing, musical scales and sight reading that the student is advised to perform. You’re strongly advised to use a metronome to help you stay on rhythm. It is preferable, nonetheless, to practice for an hour (uninterrupted) daily or even more when advised.

Musical instruments are known to be very fragile, you should always handle them with gentle care, and that includes not subjecting them to heat or impact. As for the ney, it should regularly be cleaned using a clean dry cotton cloth dedicated specially to it. It’s also advisable to keep it in its case/cover and oil it with olive oil every once in a while and expose it to sunlight for 5 minutes a day

The ney is known for the warmth and softness of its sound and it can surely add a unique color to all genres of music especially oriental music. There are types/sizes of the ney such as the rast, dokah, boslek, gahar kah, nawa and husseini and each of them has a different musical range. A player in concert may need a set of 24 different neys to cover the musical range needed which a single ney cannot produce on its own

Yes, Finoon can buy the instrument on your behalf and this rids you of a lot of effort if you’ve just started your musical journey. Finoon can also sell instruments on your behalf, if you’re looking for an upgrade, or provide technical support and guidance for purchasing used and new instruments

There are not necessarily brands but good manufacturers that are known for their craftsmanship in making a good ney

No, that’s not necessary

12 years and above should normally be good, and there is no maximum age. Some people start at a younger age than 12 if their musical talent allows it.