The shehnai is made from a conical wooden reed with seven to nine finger holes and a funnel of metal. In the head part, which is made of copper, there is a thin pipe on which a double-reed-leaf, made from straw or reed, is fastened by a silk thread. The full length of the reed swings freely in the mouth-hole. Traditionally the shehnai is played as a duet; one person plays the melody, the other person maintains the basic note.