Erik the Flutemaker Arabian Flute Large
The Arabian flute, built by Erik the Flutemaker, is a rather unique instrument. The flute is fully made of bamboo. It is played like a western flute, blown from the side and held horizontally. Everything you play sounds great, it will have a very eastern / arabian melodic character to it because of the way it is tuned.
With a length of 48 cm, this flute is suited for people with medium to large sized hands. It has been tuned to itself, meaning that it doesn't correpsond with a regular instrument tuned to A440, but it sounds beautifully in tune when playing it on your own.
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 6 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 very eastern / arabian
- That's because of the intervals between the notes
- The flute has a reach of 2 octaves
Trivia for the ones that know music theory:
- This flute allows you to play the following tones:
- Root, minor second, major third, perfect fourth, perfect fifth, minor seventh
- Also known as 1, b2, 3, 4, 5, b6, b7