Dreydlekh (plural of dreidel) or "spins" are musical ornaments of klezmer music, particularly violin, used to produce its characteristic "tear in the voice" sound.[1]

The main dreydlekh are glitshn (glissandos), krekhtsn ("sobs", "wails"), kneytshn ("wrinkles"), tshoks (a kind of bent notes of cackle-like sound), and flageolets (harmonics). [1]


  1. ^ a b "The absolutely complete klezmer songbook", by Yale Strom, 2006, ISBN 0-8074-0947-2, Introduction