About Fujara flute

The fujara is an awesome overtone flute of four to seven feet in length. Fujara is absolutely unique hand made overtone fipple flute and one cannot find similar anywhere but in Slovakia.
Fujara is a typical Slovak folk instrument whose native home is a small region in central Slovakia called Podpolanie.
Fujara flute has 3 holes (vents) but the height of the tone is decided mainly by the strength of in-blown air creating thus various overtones. Fujara flute is designed to play high up into the overtone series as well as in the lowest bass series with a soft haunting voice. That involves shriller tones by playing "scatter" on the beginning of the song (audio samples) and "whoosh" by overblowing the instrument.

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about fujara

Fujara is an outstanding flute for solo meditation playing:

  • Fascinating compass of 2 and half octaves in 11 overtone series ("levels"),
  • awesome dynamic range, natural playing technique, overtone-rich, soft haunting voice.

Fujara's beautiful overtones sounding in perfect harmony with the player's breath can give very satisfactory meditative feeling even for the very beginner and make the learning process fun, interesting and thus easy.

It means that fujara overtones just won't let you play bad. Fujara's unique breathing-like playing technique will lead you in improvisation and its natural harmonics will just "fit" and make the melody sound good. EVERYBODY can play Fujara nicely!

At the same time, every "Fujara" is a unique creative work of art - an original. Traditionally, it's made completely by hand from deciduous trees (elder, maple, locust tree), and it takes up to one month to build a good Fujara from a seasoned piece of wood.

Fujara names in Slovakia: fujara, fujera, fujarka, fujarocka...
("Loose" translation: "fuu" - adverb imitating the blowing wind, "jar" means spring)
Fujara is pronounced ["FUYARA"],
Common misspellings in English: fuyara, fuyata, fuhara, fuhata, fugata, fugara.

Rural style of Fujara flute play

However, Fujara flute was also played in a rural environment. Usually, Fujara flute has been played “in the evenings”, resp. “at the evening parties”. Just then youths accompanied each other and often one of them has played under the window…
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Fujara flute – an instrument of shepherds & sheep …

Fujara flute is an instrument of Slovak shepherds. Formerly, the Fujara flute was mostly played by the shepherding. Martin Sanitar (famous Slovak Fujara flute maker and player) said: “when I was 10-12 years old, I did shepherding. I did not…
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Unique flute from Central Europe

There are many amazing and unique flutes in the world but no one is similar to Fujara (Slovak overtone flute). Fujara is remarkable not only with its grand dimensions (1.7 meter / 67 inches long) and design but also is…
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Fujara – kind of fipple flute ?

– simmilar and different – Fipple flute is end-blown flute that can be found in traditional folk music of many cultures all over the world. In fipple flute the top end is stopped with a block (fipple) except for a…
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Decoration techniques

The most traditional Fujara decoration techniques are carving and acid pickling. Every folk flute maker in Slovakia develops over years his own ornamentation style to carve or stain onto the outside of the instrument that identifies his instruments. All the…
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UNESCO – Proclamation of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

25-11-2005 1:20 pm, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ko├»chiro Matsuura, proclaimed 43 new Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritages of Humanity. Fujara – musical instrument and its music (Slovakia), traditional Indian performances of the Ramayana, the Ramlila, Japan’s Kabuki theatre,…
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