Indian Bansuri Flute with Fipple Mouthpiece (Medium E) - Bamboo - Student Quality - Prince Flutes
This particular Bansuri flute has been made by hand out of carefully selected bamboo. The flute was made in India by the Indian company 'Prince Flutes', a company that has been specializing in crafting bamboo flutes for decades. It is played in a similar way to the recorder. It's held vertically. You blow straight into the fipple mouthpiece, making it very easy to play and to get a good sound out of the flute.
It has six finger holes on top. It's tuned to E and plays in the major and minor scale. The flute is around 20 cm long and is suited for people with small, medium, or large hands. You play the E note by covering the three top holes. When you close all holes you play a B note. Therefore, in the western world we could say the flute is actually tuned to B. In effect, you can play in E major as well as in B major.
To play in the major scale, start with either all holes closed, or with only the top 3 holes closed (this would be the Indian way of playing a major scale). To play in the minor scale, start with 5 closed, or with only 1 closed.
How to play this flute?
- The flute is played like a recorder, you hold it vertically
- It's very easy to blow because of the fipple mouthpiece
- 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
- This flute allows you to play in major and minor scales
- E major, B major, G# minor, C# minor
- By half-covering holes you can also play tones outside of these scales
- The flute has a reach of over 2 octaves