DJURA GAIDA is traditional Bulgarian folk instrument outspread in the Thrace region, Northern Bulgaria and Dobrudja. It is smaller and a bit easier to play on compared with the Kaba gaida. Djura gaida is known by its bright, sharp, penetrating sound and a high-pitched register.
The instrument we offer is in D (re) pitch.
The chanter / "gaidanitsa is 30,8 cm / 12'' long ( together with the tin part that enters the hub ). The drone pipe "ruchilo" consists of 4 parts / appropriate for professional players too. If removed the second upper part, the drone can get the key of G. That way if one has 2 chanters - in G and D the gaida can be played in one of the prefered pitches. Total drone/ ruchilo length - 70,8cm / 28'' Diameter of the chanter glavina hub - 16mm; ruchilo hub - 17mm; duhalo hub - 15,5 mm.
The material used for this gaida is cornel tree. The wooden parts are of their natural color and have not been threatened with chemical or coloring agents. For the make of the bag is used a young goat skin. The insertion parts are made of black plastic material, decorated with metal rings that also gives more strength and stability.
PROFESSIONAL INSTRUMENT of EXCELLENT QUALITY !
About the master:
The name of our Djura Gaida master is Yordan Vassilev. He is known as one of the best masters of Bulgarian traditional music instruments and he is also among the most gifted musicians in south Bulgaria.
He is born in 1945 in a family of musicians. He started playing bag pipe and kaval when he was a little child. 16 years old he made his first public appearance with an orchestra. Initially he took part in the ensemble of Sliven. Later in 1968, when the famous Philip Koutev school was founded he won the job contest and started as a Gaida and Kaval teacher, where he has been teaching some of the most famous and talented contemporary Bulgarian musicians. Meanwhile he also started making folklore instruments Kaval and Gaida under the guidance of the famous experienced old master Slavi Ivanov from the village of Kameno. He made his first gadulka instrument as a student of Petko Denev - the most famous old Master from town of Gabrovo. The master skills and technique acquired were developed to perfection of making Bulgarian folklore instruments: gaida, kaval, all kind of traditional woodwind instruments, gadulka and tupan. He is a conductor of the Thracian orchestra more then 15 years now.
Djura gaida tone range:
- Djura gaida in G: starts from G, G sharp, A, A sharp, B, B flat, C, C sharp, D, D sharp, E, E flat, F, F sharp, G, A
- Djura in D: starting from D, D flat, E, F flat, F, G, G sharp, A, A sharp, B, B flat, C, C sharp, D, E
The half tones are produced by means of the regular finger holes + the so called flea hole (the aperture at the upper end of the drain pipe.
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