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...
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Erik the Flutemaker
14701 SW 18th Court
Davie, FL 33325