Erik the Flutemaker

Flutes

MY FLUTES ARE FOUND BELOW THIS BRIEF INTRODUCTION:

The following words are helpful to people new to the flute world and new to my website. Feel free to read it now, skip it, or get back later.

Flutes go way back. Genesis 4:21 says that Jubal was the father of the harp and the pipe. A flute found in a cave in Germany made from a bird bone was at the same layer as mammoth bones.

Flutes take me on mini vacations. They hook me up instantly to creative flowing beauty. It resets me, calms me, makes me sing and dance inside. And suddenly I am not playing the flute but the flute is playing me. Sometimes through my spirit and soul. I hear the music right before I play it. Playing has become effortless. It is just wonderful and refreshing.

 Flute music has a beginning, a middle and an end. On my exotic scales they begin mostly with all fingers down, the root note, which is the grounded note to start your mini musical journey or song. And after running around the middle, you land back at the root note to end your song and you and your audience lands with you. And you are back.

On my major scales the most valuable tip I got from a jazz player revolutionized my world in music and allowed me to produce 6 cd's and have a career in music. Using the peace sign fingers together as if you had scotch tape around them, on the lower right hand and bending or rolling the second note with the left hand are the secrets to Jazz. You will see this in my videos for the saxes and major flutes. An amazing tip.

Starting out? The secret to flute playing is not to try hard. But to relax into it. When we try too hard we can become a master of repeated mistakes. 

On the side-blown flute, forget the fingers for a bit and start holding the flute around the mouthpiece. Press the flute against your lower relaxed grin, roll the flute a bit and spit watermelon seeds across the hole to get sound. Press and roll to find the sweet spot for best sound. Blow across the mouthpiece not into it. Don't pucker, it will make you dizzy. You can look in mirror to make sure you have a grin-line not a hole from a pucker.

In review: Soft lower lip, not a tight lip. Blow gently, not hard. Grin, don't pucker.

Go to the flute when it beckons you to come. It will be more of a joyful adventure and not a practice session. It took me a day to get sound without a teacher.

On the end blown V shaped notch flute, lift upwards against the lower lip and tilt the flute to catch the sweet spot for sound. Blow from a soft grin.

On the fipple flutes like my penny whistles or inspired Kiowa Love flute just blow. When playing a penny whistle for a long time, clear the air channel with a hard blow into the air splitting area. And make sure no one is standing next to you.

You can visit "Questions for the flutemaker" at the bottom of webpage for more help.

To get around on the site just click on the pictures below or the flute name links to open the pages.

To my wonderful international customers, please keep in mind, it cost $65 to ship overseas and you also encounter a customs fee. Never fun. The flute is the fun part. It becomes a friend for life. Cost $45 to ship to my neighbors in Canada.

To the many who help our humanitarian work you have no idea how helpful it has been.  More at FlutemakerMinistries.org.

I recommend you visit our pages, listen to the audio samples as you read the text. Watch the tutorials to see if you are excited with the style of flute you are looking at.

Beware! Avoid buying a flute that is too big for you if you have a small hand.

Let me know: And when you check out of our secure site there is a comment box where you can write me a guiding line like, "I have very thin fingers, or "I am buying this flute for my wife" or "Buying it for my husband" or "boyfriend". "I am buying this for my 10 year old." Then I can better think of the one playing. Fitting a flute to a hand is like fitting a shoe to a foot.

Flute Care: In extreme outdoor cold weather, open your box and let the packaging set for 1/2  to 1 hour so it can acclimate to your room.  Avoid leaving your flute or sax in a hot car in the summer.  A flute on the floor is a flute no more. More on care below. Hope we can help!

Erik the flutemaker, flute-making since 1970 and into the Fluture...

To open the pages below for more info, audio clips, video and shopping just click on the tittles or pictures:

Pennywhistles

The 11 inch concert tuned D Whistle is the most played and favored in Celtic circles. It is great for Irish music, folk music and contemporary Christian music. It plays easily in D major, E minor, G and B minor. The D can get intense up in the second octave but...

Penny Whistles in Carbon Fiber

After much research and development with Carbon Fiber for space, aviation, sports, boating and the music world, nano technology arrived at Erik the flutemaker's. The ancient became the new. Carbon, the building block of living things now can sing in your hands.  I have found Carbon Fiber to be warm to...

Arabian Penny Whistle in Carbon Fiber

This is a professionally made concert tuned Arabian Penny Whistle in the key of C made with a Carbon fiber body and ABS resin mouth piece. The Arabian Penny Whistle will play wonderfully in tune with others in A440 and plays nicely with drums. This whistle has a pinkie hole...

Andean Pan Pipes

These fun harmonic pan pies have a pentatonic scale which makes it easy to create music. They are made from our home grown bamboo in 3 sizes.  Small Andean in the key of C: Light weight and not very big. Has a bright and pretty loud melodic voice. Nice for...

Kiowa Inspired Love Flute

The Native American Flute was a courting flute, with soft sensitive tones. This is a great first flute because it is both easy to blow and easy to make music on the melodic pentatonic minor scale. This 5 hole flute is restful and creative, and most anything you do sounds lovely....

Kids Kiowa Love Flute Style

This is the inspired Kiowa love flute made for children or anyone with a small hand. The easily blown and easy to play pentatonic scale makes it an great way to enter the world of music. Made from Erik's home grown bamboo patch.  Comes in Natural and Dark and Carved....

Oriental Flute

My 20 inch to 24 inch side-blown Oriental flute is inspired by the Japanese Shakuhachi scale - a deep, rich, enchanting, meditative flute with a melodic, pentatonic scale that plays in 1 1/2 octaves. I am presently making some of them with tuning holes near the bottom which is an old...

Oriental Flute in D in Carbon Fiber

In Stock : 4 This is a nice 23 inch, side blown, thin pentatonic flute, concert tuned in D, giving 2 octaves. Carbon Fiber will not crack and can be played in extreme temperatures. It is the All Terrain Asian Flute for today's rugged traveler's musical need. Free tutorials on...

Kung Fu Flute

Our 31 inch Kung Fu Flute is finished in either Natural Bamboo or Fire treated Dark. It was inspired by a personal flute of David Carradine, of the Kung Fu series. This is a deep and enchanting musical scale of the Shakuhachi from 7th century Japan. It plays well in 1...

Kung Fu Flute in Carbon Fiber

Our latest flute was created Sept.17th, 2016. It is 33 inches long, side blown, concert tuned in D and plays great in 2 octaves. Being a pentatonic scale it is fun and creative. Being concert tuned you will be able to play with others, tuned in the universal tuning of A440. ...

End Blown Oriental Flute

This is a rich, enchanting flute with a mystical windy voice that plays well in 1 1/2 octaves. Using the Andean Quena notch to get sound and the Japanese Shakuhachi tuning. In stock: 3 Natural and 7 Dark Please let me know in the comment box at check-out which you prefer. If...

The Kokin Flute

The Large Kokin Flute is now all dark. The Medium Kokin is Natural with Carvings. The Kokin Flute is a side blown melodic bamboo flute with a Japanese personality. The Deep Kokin is 19 inches long and the Medium Kokin is just under 14 inches. A few years ago I was...

End Blown Kokin Flute

This is something new for me. An end blown Kokin Flute made with the Quena notch. It is an exotic scale that can sound Japanese but also very free and jazzy. I made 4 natural and 2 dark.  To play, lift the flute upwards against your soft grin and tilt...

The Chinese Flute

This 12 1/2 inch side blown flute was born in my shop.It plays real nice in one and a half octaves. It takes me to a misty, Oriental sunrise, where the music seems to be the soul of ancient China. Finding a place with great acoustics, or playing with reverb,...

Egyptian Flute

My 21 inch Egyptian Flute has an ancient, theatrical presence that drops you into a forgotten time. It is one of my favorite flutes and seems to rewire the brain. This flute is great for meditating, for improvising and for dramatic effect in storytelling. To me, this flute is my...

Egyptian Flute in Carbon Fiber

The new has met the old. This is a professionally tuned D side blown flute with an ancient voice. Made from Carbon Fiber, this 23 inch flute has 4 top holes and a back hole. It is inspired from the 5000 year old Egyptian Ney seen on pyramid walls. Recommended for a...

Arabian Flute - Dark & Carved

If you were to close your eyes and imagine the music behind Lawrence of Arabia, you would hear the sounds of the Arabian Flute.This Side Blown Flute comes in both large and medium sizes. The Large is 19 inches long and the medium is 14 3/4 inches long. We recommend...

Arabian Flute - Natural

The Arabian flute is a fun side blown Mid Eastern sounding flute made of all natural bamboo.   The Medium Arabian is 14 3/4 inches and fits the average hand span comfortably. The Large Arabian is 19 inches and is comfortable for a larger hand. Going from all closed to all open...

The Incredible Vivaldi Minor

 The Vivaldi Minor Flute has a distinct old world renaissance voice. It is very creative and easy to improvise with.   This 15 1/2 inch creative harmonic minor flute carries a classical anointing that draws you into a dreamy place where composition and entertainment flow effortlessly. This is one of my favorite...

The Cocobolo Vivaldi Minor

 2 in stock as of August 12th,  2016 The Vivaldi Minor is one of my favorite flutes. It is amazing. This flute takes me to another place.  It has a classical anointing that seems to drop you into the Renaissance period. It is wonderful for improvisation. Now available in beautiful...

The Counselor

Just 3 Natural left and many Dark ones left as of July 11, 2016. Is a 17 inch harmonic minor bamboo flute finished both in dark and in natural bamboo and capped with beautiful Cocobolo wood. These flutes have a soothing-comforting voice that helps one to de-stress. It will best fit...

Brazilian Major

The 16 inch, Brazilian Major was named after my best flute made during my time in Brazil in 1972. This is a concert-tuned G major flute, which also plays easily in A minor and C. This flute is a great tool for a musician and has a very pleasant medium...

The Calypso Flute

The Calypso Flute is a 14 inch major scale fife. It is a fun flute. This side blown flute is easy to handle and has a great response on the second octave. It has a very island voice, hence the name. The Calypso Flute is sanded smooth like a Carribean...

Ice Age Flute

 After the announcement of the discovery of what might be the oldest instrument in the world, I felt quite inspired to research it and try to bring a semblance of it to my customers. The original was found in a cave in Germany and said to be around 35,000 years...

Andean Quena

This is a professionally concert tuned G major Quena. Will play in Am, C and Em also. The 15 inch Quena is "The Flute" of South America and captures the musical heart of the ancient peoples of the Andes Mountains. It is a really fun flute that can musically cry...

The Quenacho

 In stock: 4 Natural as of Oct. 14th, 2016 If you are getting one let me know in the comment box at checkout if you want the dark or natural. Most are concert tuned in D Major. A Quenacho is a big Quena. It is 19 1/2 inches long. The...

Low D Irish Flute

As of Dec 7th I have only the one dark style available.  All Natural are sold out These deep side blown bamboo flutes are around 21-22  inches and tuned in D major which also plays in E minor, G and B minor.  It is great for playing Celtic, Irish, Folk...

Meditation Flute

4 Natural left and many Dark left as of Oct. 15th, 2016. The  22 1/2 inch Meditation Flute is tranquil and creative with an exotic scale. Some of these flutes are finished in natural bamboo, fire treated with bees wax with a binding and capped with exotic Cocobolo wood and others are...

Anasazi Flute

Just 2 Natural and 3 Dark left as of July 11th, 2016. This is a 24 inch deep and mellow, mysterious end blown flute. It is now rare to find Bambusa Multiplex this long in the old Florida clumps that are left. The right natural elements have to be in...

Deep Forest Flute

The Deep Forest Flute is a rich-melodic-meditative-fun-side blown flute that plays in 1 1/2 octaves. This is a flute with an easy-to-play harmonic scale made from my larger Bamboo. Story: I am dedicating 100% of the income from the Deep Forest Flute to help raise funds to bring food and house hold supplies to 45 new...

Erik the Flutemaker
14701 SW 18th Court
Davie, FL 33325
Phone: +1/954.424.6502
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