Erik the Flutemaker Dark Oriental Flute

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€ 139,95 (including 21% VAT)
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The Oriental Flute is a handmade flute, crafted by Erik the Flutemaker. It was inspired by the Japanese Shakuhachi, which is a difficult flute to play. Erik has made it side-blown so that it becomes easier to blow. The sound produced by this flute is very calming and meditative. It plays in the minor pentatonic scale. As it is a rather large flute it is not an appropriate instrument for children or people with small hands.

It is played like a western flute, blown from the side and held horizontally. It requires a little practice to get comfortable playing such an instrument. This flute 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 4 fingerholes on top, and a thumbhole on the back
  • 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 two octaves.

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