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Turkish Black Sea Kemence With Bow SK-201

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Black Sea Kemence
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Turkish Black Sea Kemence

Spruce Face, Mulberry bowl
  • Total length 56 cm
  • Widt: 9 cm
  • Bridge to nut: 33 cm

Black Sea Kemence is an ethnic music instrument that celebrates the diversity of Anatolian culture. Although it is mostly mistaken for the Fasil Kemence, it does not have a standard size like other folkloric instruments. Professional musicians usually play a 56 cm long Kemence which is made of juniper or plum wood. When played, unlike most of the stringed musical instruments, the sound is produced via dom and fingernails.

The Black Sea Kemence has three parts. Its body is carved out of wood. Although it does not have a standard size, most of the professionals prefer 50-60 cm long kemence to play. It has strait sights and a flat back which is easy to handle during playing it afoot or sitted. The chest of Black Sea Kemence is very thin and usually is made of spruce or fir. Its most distinctive feature is the raised dome. It is there to overcome the pressure being put on the strings while playing.

The small pegs on the Kemence's body are attached at the back of it and there are three strings. The sound of Black Sea Kemence is rather distinctive and very gritty. The number of chromatic tones being produced by the Kemence is related to the melancholy of the Black Sea climate. In fact, it is the most associated musical instrument with the culture of Black Sea and its people. 

Kemençe is a tuned instrument and has a one octave range. Black Sea Kemençe has an important predominance in parallel fourths and this feature is its strength. It can be played both as an ensemble with other traditional instruments and as solo. Although most of the folk instruments are played polyphonically, Kemence is played both melodically and polyphonically.

It comes with Softcase, bow, extra string set, Rosin 

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