Maestro Morteza Ghanbarnasab Behbahani is an Iranian Ney and Ney-Anban player and a lead performer in "Chavoosh Behbahan" ensemble. He played Ney since he was 17 and has partnered with many renowned artists, and made various recordings hereunto. In this episode I had the honor to speak with him and ask all of the questions that came to my mind regarding the Persian Ney.
Covered in this episode
- How the Iranian Ney is being made.
- How long it takes learning how to play it?
- Where and how to begin learning?
- Which Ney is proper for beginners?
- Who is this instrument for? and a lot more.
Iranian Ney, The Most Difficult Wind Instrument to Play?
Ney is a flute shaped wind instrument made from sugar cane and sometimes plastic composites. The sound of Ney has always been recognized as one of the most distinguishable features in the middle eastern music. The Iranian Ney though, has a special characteristic and a soothing sound among others. It has 6 finger holes in the front and one in the back. The upper edge of the Persian Ney has to be placed in between two upper front teeth and unlike other wind instruments, does not have a built-in reed to generate the initial sound.
Apparently, these characteristics should make playing Ney a lot difficult. But is it so?
To know more about it, it is highly recommended to hear what a maestro Ney player has to say. This episode is spoken entirely in conversational Persian language.