Erik the Flutemaker End-blown Oriental Flute (D)

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€ 149,95 (including VAT)

The End Blown 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. 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 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. This flute is tuned to D (all holes closed gives a low D note). 

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 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 more than 1.5 octaves.

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Lare, Finland
Thank you for the beautiful shakuhachi. It just arrived, and I'm already playing some notes. Really enjoying it. ???? All the best from Finland

Luca, Italy
Dear fluteshop, I received my new Arabian flute. It sounds wonderful, enchanting!!

Thank you guys and thanks to Erik the flute maker

George, United Kingdom
I've received my spirit flute today ...

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