Diple without bag

Name: diple, diple without bag, diple with barrel
Area:  Dalmatia, Dalmatian Zagora, Bosnia and Herzegovina


From instruments like the gunge, i.e. two chanters made of reed connected together, double chanters (double-pipes) made of one piece of wood with reeds made of reed were developed. These chanters had one more addition called a didak, kutao, or oglavina through which air was blown into the pipe. In this case, the reeds did not have to be placed in the mouth and were therefore protected from damage. Such double chanters were usually called diple. Later, these pipes were woven to the bag of tanned animal skin, so besides the name diple it was also called a diple with bag, barrel, bellow, etc.). These instruments were played in this region in a now completely forgotten manner called predušivanje, or circular breathing. This is a way of inhaling air without interrupting the melody. It is the same way that Macedonians play their zurle and Australian Aborigines their didgeridoo.

Besides the double diplas there were also single diplas, or dipla jednojnicas. They were very similar to the double dipla, but instead of double, they had single (pipe) chanters with a reed made of reed or elder tree wood and from three to six holes for playing.