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Ney / Kawala Flute => Ney, Kawala Lovers => Topic started by: james on March 11, 2015, 09:50:40 AM

Title: Is there a difference between a kawala and a ney?
Post by: james on March 11, 2015, 09:50:40 AM
I have a question, regarding the kawala instrument. Is there a difference between it and a classical nay? I know one has one hole extra, but other than that what's the difference?
Title: Re: Is there a difference between a kawala and a nay?
Post by: Guyman on March 11, 2015, 10:52:19 AM
Well, they are indeed two very similar instruments! You are correct about the holes, but the main difference - I think - is the sound. Although the kawala and the ney sound almost the same, if you listen closely, the kawala sounds a bit more "heavy" or "soulful", if you know what I mean, as opposed to a ney.
Title: Re: Is there a difference between a kawala and a ney?
Post by: Ron99 on March 13, 2015, 09:57:49 AM
Good question! I didn't find any, except for the number of holes.
Honestly, they even sound alike to me! Sure, they're not identical, but there are many resemblances!
Title: Re: Is there a difference between a kawala and a ney?
Post by: hylian_shieldmaiden on April 27, 2015, 11:08:29 AM
The differences are pretty subtle from what I've seen and heard. The kawala tends to be thicker than the nay, has one less finger hole, and has a more breathy tone. Also, if you look at the nay, it always has 9 segments, but the kawala has fewer. Either way, they're both really nice to listen to :)
Title: Re: Is there a difference between a kawala and a ney?
Post by: Abdullah Xavier on May 05, 2015, 09:43:24 PM
The obvious difference is in sound as with Kawala, itís on the louder side while with Ney, itís light yet has very pleasing sound. There is no question both are excellent, but Ney is definitely my favorite as it sounds much better to hears then a Kawala.
Title: Re: Is there a difference between a kawala and a ney?
Post by: niri on May 14, 2015, 08:14:59 AM
ney is made from reed, has 9 joints, 6 holes and 1 back hole, its featured in classical eastern music, and considered to be the base for all the positions (with the tanbur), kawalla is reed also, bigger diamater, 4 joints, 6 holes only (no back hole) and is somewhat harder to control, frequently used in arabic music than in turkish, and not so classically related.
Title: Re: Is there a difference between a kawala and a ney?
Post by: Wad-Al-Kurashi on May 14, 2015, 05:11:48 PM
Niri already explained it perfectly and my personal favorite is Kawala as I am more connected to that and I also like the sound of it but there is no big difference in their sound as both are like brothers from same family, so just minor difference and thatís really it.
Title: Re: Is there a difference between a kawala and a ney?
Post by: Nelsonnet on August 30, 2015, 11:57:12 PM
Hi, friends!! Ney is cromatic, Kawala is diatonic