Erik the Flutemaker Jiahu Crane Flute

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The Jiahu Crane Flute is a handmade flute, crafted by Erik the Flutemaker. It plays in the minor pentatonic scale. As a small to medium-sized flute it is a suited instrument for people with small hands.

It is played in a similar way to an Andean Quena or a Shakuhachi or a Xiao. You hold the flute vertically, angle it a little bit and then blow across the V-shaped notch. It requires a little practice to get comfortable playing such an instrument. 

How to play this flute?

  • Aim your airflow against the V-shaped notch
  • This requires some practice and patience
  • The flute is held vertically
  • There's 5 fingerholes on top
  • Cover the holes with the pad of the fingers, not the fingertips

The musical possibilities

  • Easily plays in the minor pentatonic scale
  • It is possible to 'bend' notes by sliding your finger off the hole
  • You can achieve a similar effect by rolling the flute
  • It has a reach of approximately one octave

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