Perhaps the worlds most common flute , the transverse or side blown flute has been played in many cultures for thousands of years . The Indian bansuri , the Chinese dizi , the Japanese shinobue , the European fife and of course our modern silver concert flute are all examples of the side blown flute .
I usually make these in the conventional diatonic scale but also can make them in other scales such as the more meditative pentatonic scale . I have added a lip plate to the blowing hole as found in the Boehm flute. ( Why argue with a man who dedicated his life to making the perfect flute. ) I find this makes for easier playing as well as adding more volume and richness than the simple hole found on most transverse bamboo flutes .
These flutes have seven holes . The lower 4 holes are covered with the right hand fingers and the upper 3 holes covered with the left hand fingers . The bottom hole and the 5th hole are offset to suit this fingering .These flutes will play one and a half octaves and possibly 2 octaves depending on the flute and the skill of the player .
$60 plus postage
On the buy a flute page I have the options of buying a side blown flute in the keys of D , F , G , and A . The D is the deepest sounding flute and A the highest . Most other keys and scales can be made on request . The deep D flute may be too long for some with smaller hands but the other keys can be be played by most adults and children .
Note : Sound files and youtube clips are coming . Watch this space ............