Erik the Flutemaker Kokin Flute Medium
The Medium Kokin Flute, handcrafted from bamboo by Erik the Flutemaker, is a mysterious sounding side-blown flute with a Japanese character. It plays in a very exotic scale. The flute is held horizontally. It requires a little practice to get comfortable playing such an instrument.
The Kokin Flute has a length of 35 cm and is tuned to itself, meaning that it doesn't correpsond with a regular instrument tuned to A440, but it sounds beautifully in tune when playing solo.
How to play this flute?
- Aim your airflow against the edge of the embouchure hole
- This requires some practice and patience
- The flute is held horizontally, this too requires some practice
- There's 5 fingerholes on top, and no thumbhole on the back
- Cover the holes with the pad of the fingers, not the fingertips
The musical possibilities
- Anything you play will sound mysterious with a Japanese character
- That's because of the intervals between the notes
- The flute has a reach of 1.5 octaves