|The Native American
Native American style flutes have some great advantages over other musical instruments. They are easy to play, especially the smaller ones. You do not have to read music to play one as the Native Americans, like all tribal cultures, never had a written music language. They developed instruments that were naturally harmonic. No musical background is necessary to play these flutes. To produce the sound, one simply blows into the instrument; the unique design easily creates the music. They are also inexpensive allowing you to own and enjoy various models made from different woods and in different keys. The Native American style flute is constructed with two chambers, one you blow into and the air flow is directed out a hole into the other chamber which makes the sound. The length of the flute determines the key.
Warning: Most people who purchase a Native American style flute love it so much they buy more flutes in various keys & woods. You can't say I did not warn you.
If you are just beginning, for your first flute, I would lean toward the High Spirits flutes partly because they come with an excellent instructional DVD and booklet as well as fingering carts. This and other DVDs are available separately, click here.
High Spirits flutes are concert quality and are used by many recording artists.
They also have a leather tie over one of the holes making it a 5 hole flute till you are ready to remove it and experience a 6 hole flute.
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The Stellar flutes are also excellent flutes at very good prices.
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Keys (so many keys you have!)
If price is the only consideration the High Spirits flutes in "D" & "C" are made with the same techniques and care as the expensive larger High Spirits flutes.
FAQ on Native American Style Flutes
American Style Flute Wood
For a beginner the main thing about wood to consider is the durability. The harder woods, walnut, birch, hold up better to the elements and bumps. The general rule is the softer the wood the "warmer" the tone. Hardwoods tent to be clearer and more responsive. Softer wood like Aromatic C or Spanish Cedar are fragile, but smells nice and creates a warmer, mellow tone. But for beginners subtle tone differences like this this is not really an issue.
It is a personal preference as to which is better and many or most Native American style flute players have some of each.
|5 or 6
Hole Native American Style Flute?
99% of the flutes I carry are 6 hole flutes.
The High Spirits flutes are 6-hole flutes and come with a leather tie that easily converts them into a 5-hole flute. When comfortable just remove the leather tie and experience the use of the 6-hole. So you are not faced with this choice with one of our flutes.
All the other flutes are 6 hole and do not come with the leather hole cover but they are available separately, click here.
All the flutes are based on the minor pentatonic scale.
When used as a 5-hole flute it is in the minor pentatonic scale.
When the 6th hole under the leather tie is exposed the flute will play the relative major key in both the Diatonic and Chromatic scales.
A 5-hole flute is easier to play because it is based on the pentatonic minor scale. (5 notes to the next octave)
A 6-hole flute allows for an extended range of the instrument and different scaling.
|Native American Style Flute Care
There is very little maintenance to a Native American style flute. When finished playing, just suck air in backwards through the mouthpiece to remove the humid air & moisture. If it is very wet, remove the bird or block to allow more air to circulate and shake it out. Keep your flute out of direct sunlight and store in a bag when not in use for a long period. You can also apply a natural oil to the inside once a year or so. We have a natural oil for wooden flutes in our shopping center.
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