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Old 01-16-2019, 08:47 PM   #1
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Default Native American Flute

Not sure where to ask this, but does anyone here have any experience with the Native American Flute? I’ve been a guitar player for most of my 53 years and took up the GHB 1 1/2 years ago. I’m currently in a pipe band. Im just looking for tips on key or hole spacing. I’d like to learn something which is somewhat “less abrasive” for those late nights whilst sitting at the campfire (I know that is subjective LOL). I’ve always been a fan, and i know it is usually based on the minor pentatonic scale which lends itself to noodling around without being too unlistenable.
Thank you in advance
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Old 01-16-2019, 09:01 PM   #2
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A fair bit. Shoot me a PM.
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Old 01-18-2019, 02:27 AM   #3
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What I wonder is if there are any NAFs which can be proven to be pre-contact which have fipples.

In some NAF traditions the flutes are still made without fipple. They're endblown like a Kaval. Numbers of these are to be seen in museums.
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Old 01-21-2019, 01:46 PM   #4
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I played one once. Don't remember much about it.

I looked into buying one once, but it seems that they are considered sacred objects, so an authentic one is hard to come by.

For playing solo around the campfire, it's hard to beat a Generation Bb tin whistle, especially Jerry Freeman's tweeked Bb, which is louder, clearer, and more in tune compared to the stock whistle.
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Old 01-27-2019, 06:56 PM   #5
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Flutes Online in Pennsylvania and the Oregon Flute Store are good resources.



For a bullet proof option there is also plastic flute. I have one of these but they aren't as nice as a wooden ones. However, it is in tune and inexpensive. I think you have to play them back to back to notice the difference but they don't have the same feel as wood. I personally like the feel and sound of cedar.

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