native Indian flute

native indian flute, traditional flute of the north american indians

native Indian flute

The Indian flute is the traditional flute of the North American Indians, hence also called the native Indian flute.

The tradition of this flute is based on a legend that a great spotted woodpecker showed an Indian how to build a flute from a branch. Even today, the carved bird on these flutes pays homage to the great spotted woodpecker. But this little bird is not only an ornament but also has a function for sound generation. It is roughly a stake placed on the outside.

But not only this construction is extraordinary, the tuning of the tone sequence is traditionally not an octave but a pentatonic tone sequence. In the pentatonic, five (Greek penta = five) tones are selected from the octave, so that there are no semitone steps between the tones. There are of course semitones in the scale between the tones e and f and the tones h and c, as well as intermediate tones such as an f sharp or a b. You are now looking for 5 tones from an octave that do not result in semitones (with c major that would be eg c, d, f, g and a) this creates a very harmonious sound image, there are no dissonances between the tones. That is why you can freely improvise in the pentatonic and there is always a harmonic melody. These improvised, freely harmonious swinging melodies with the soft, mostly deep sound characterize the sound of the Indian flute.
It becomes particularly exciting when the flute is built as a double flute. Two flutes are tied together so that they can be blown at the same time. One flute is completely normal with finger holes, the second flute has no finger holes and always sounds the same tone, a so-called drone tone. This underlines the melody accordingly.

native indian flute high tonality

With 5 holes for the fingers and one for the thumb. it plays 2 octaves. This indian flute is very intuitiv to learn. It comes with a tutorial. Pentatonic tuning, with one more note.

Made fro plastic, with decoration bird

sound example high Indianerflöte     

native indian flute deep tonality

Like the small native inidan flute but in deeper tuning (A, G, Fis or F).

Very warm and soft sound. Like the traditional native indian flute it is tuned pentatonic..

The flute comes with a bag and a tutorial

made from plastic with decoration bird

sound example deep Indianerflöte     

double native indian flute

two flutes played with one mouthpiece. One flute plays the melody the other just one note. This base note can change by the pressure.

Tunigs G, F and E

made from plastic

Klangbeispiel doppelte Indianerflöte     

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