Virtuosos have learned to imitate on kurai the sounds of nature – the voices of birds and the wind's sound. In most cases kurai players also accompany their playing with throat singing. This type of performance is called «ozleu». If kurai player has the skill of throat singing, then he is considered a master of the highest class.
«I often hear the words that kurai is a very simple instrument. Yes, it is. As they say: everything ingenious is simple. There is nothing complicated about it, but thanks to the music and the performer it becomes brilliant. It turns out that we do not glorify kurai, but on the contrary, thanks to kurai we grow and develop creatively», – says the head of the department of traditional musical performance of the Ufa state institute of arts named after Zagir Ismagilov Artur Gaisarov.
«There is another peculiarity of the kurai. Professionally speaking, kurai is a diatonic instrument. In simple words, it does not have black keys, only white ones. If this is translated into music, then we have С, D, E, F, G, A notes. There is no B note in the first octave, but in the second octave, due to the fact that it is a wind instrument after all, all the notes are overblown, and the B note appears. Therefore, we take the full diatonic, and to say that the kurai does not make the B note is at least ignorant. It would be more precise to say that the seventh step in the first octave is absent», – the musician explains.