How to make a bamboo flute

I love the feeling of playing my bamboo flute because it feels like I am truly expressing myself. All the different notes feel like they have been trapped inside me, and now that I have finally managed to let them out, it is such a liberating feeling.

The sound of my bamboo flute is very calming and serene. It makes me feel at peace with myself and in tune with nature. It’s as if I can hear the trees swaying in the wind or feel the sun on my face when I play my flute.

I assembled 11 free DIY bamboo flute plans below if you want to make your own:

How To Make A Bamboo Flute

#1. Bamboo Pocket Flute

How to make a bamboo flute

#2. Bamboozled- A Faux Bamboo PVC Flute

How to make a bamboo flute

#3. Make 4 Easy Bamboo Flutes for Free!

How to make a bamboo flute

#4. DIY Bamboo Jew’s Harp

How to make a bamboo flute

#5. How to make a bamboo flute

#6. How To Make A Bamboo Flute

#7. How To Make Bamboo Flute Simple At Home

#8. How To Make A Strong Bamboo Flute

#9. How To Make A Flute By Bamboo

Tools And Materials Required

You will need these tools and materials to do the job:

  • Drill
  • Drill bits (2 mm to 1.5 cm)
  • Rotary tool (Dremel)
  • Cutting wheel
  • Sanding and grinding bits
  • General-purpose hand-held sander
  • Sandpapers
  • String
  • Sharp knife/box-cutter
  • Bamboo

Step-By-Step Procedures

Now follow the steps and procedures outlined and explained below:

Step I: Identify The Right Bamboo

You should kickstart the exercise by finding a nice bamboo for the job. The best bamboo for the job ought to have a moderate diameter and a smooth round body. Also, it should be devoid of any splinters, holes, and injured patches. That is to guarantee a reliable and easy-to-use flute in the end.

Step II: Prepare The Bamboo

Upon identifying the right bamboo, you should now go ahead to prep it. Eliminate all the branches by use of a hacksaw. Then, sand the notches down from whence the branches are cut so that you may create a sleeker instrument. Leave one node intact, close to the ‘blow hole’ to lay the role or a cork.

Step III: Incise The Cut

Follow the steps below to incise the cut:

  • Mark out a 2 cm line from the node you have chosen to play the role of the cork using a pencil.
  • Cut the bamboo carefully along the line using a hacksaw.
  • Sand, the cut to make it smooth and pristine
  • Take the final measurements of the cut and sanded bamboo

Step IV: Clean And Test The Flute

After cutting the bamboo, you now have to clean and test it all together. Scrape the white flaky skin that exits inside the cut bamboo. Then, go ahead and test the flute to find out whether the same is in tune or not. You may have to implement further scraping if need be to make them sound sharper and crisper.

Step VI: Finish The Flute

Once you have confirmed that the flute produces a flawless sound output, you now have to finish the exterior. This may require the use of a sanding bit or sander. Place the same on your rotary tool to work the blowing ends. Refrain from excessive sanding as this may compromise the tone output.

  • Mark out the place behind the node on your flute using a pencil.
  • While at it, you should clamp the bamboo and use a hacksaw to incise a cut at the marked position.
  • Sand the cut to make it more pristine and smoother.
  • Scrape the interior to eliminate any residual skins that may interfere with the tone output.

Step VII: Work The Embouchure

The embouchure is the mouthpiece of the flute. You should now work on it at this stage. Generally, the center of this embouchure ought to be “one inner-diameter length from the cork”. To work on it:

  • Measure a segment of the inner diameter of the bamboo from the node
  • Fix the bamboo firmly down while placing the embouchure mark upwards
  • Drill the center by use of a small drill bit
  • Maintain the drill perpendicular to the bamboo
  • File and sand the cut to make it smoother
  • Test the mouthpiece to ascertain its efficacy
  • Make any adjustments if need be
  • For more information, click here: https://www.instructables.com/Make-4-easy-Bamboo-Flutes-for-free/

Step VIII: Incise Further Cuts

You now have to incise one last cut. This is the length of space between the embouchure to the extreme end of the flute. To ascertain this distance, use the Flutomat app. It uses complex algorithms to find out the ideal measurement. Then:

  • Mark this distance with a pencil after you have already identified.
  • Go ahead and incise a cut along the line using the steps and procedures outlined in step III above.
  • Sand the opening to make it smoother and more pristine.
  • Clear up the debris from the gut using a file and sandpaper.

Step IX: Knock Out The Nodes

It could be that the wood you use has more than one node. You have to knock out all the additional nodes to enable the flute to make great sounds. Fix a piece of well-fitting rubber into the flute and tap it a couple of times using a sledgehammer. Repeat the steps a couple of times until the node is completely eliminated.

Step X: Drill The Holes

You now have to drill holes along the flute to allow for the smooth production of sound output. Mark out spots along the exterior portion of the flute using a pencil. Then, go ahead and drill holes atop the exact same spots using a drill bit. Be slow and meticulous to prevent damaging the flute. Clean and eliminate any debris and splinters.

Step XI: Play The Flute

At this last stage, you now have to play the flute. Place the embouchure end of the flute in your mouth and blow the air out slowly and gently. Use your fingers to regulate the outflow of the wind so that you may attain your melodies.

Conclusion

Flutes produce nice, soothing, and lulling musical sounds. The real flutes are very expensive owing mainly to the high value that the lovers of music place on them. For this reason, not many music enthusiasts may afford and leverage the benefits they potentially have to bring along.

If you are a lover of music but are cash-strapped, you need not fret. It is possible for you to enjoy the benefits of this wonderful musical instrument. To make this end a reality, you may choose to improvise one for yourself from the bamboo materials.

And making a bamboo flute is as simple as such! You need no extreme expertise to do a great job. All you may have to do is to practice severally using different bamboo woods. Please note that the instructions above are general and may not hold for all kinds of flutes.

For specialized flute-making, you may need to consult other similarly specialized books to guide you. Is it not amazing for you to spread this news far and abroad? Kindly help those around you who may be in need of the insight contained in this article.

Last Updated on March 14, 2021 , By Orelia

Table of Contents

How to make a bamboo flute

Flutes are an intriguing musical instrument. Just think about it, it’s a simple pipe, and you can make mind-blowing sound with it! Flutes contain various significances too. Significantly, they say a lot about particular cultures. For instance, in oriental countries, flutes are widely used.

If you research, you will see flutes are being played on cultural occasions on a large scale. Also, you will see people play flute in daily serenading. Undoubtedly, you are as amazed as us by this instrument since you are here!

We have flutes with fancy designs and enhanced technologies now. But, bamboo flutes are their predecessor, isn’t it? And, they are the simplest yet excellent ones. For that reason, we genuinely appreciate you for deciding to spend time making a bamboo flute. Let’s see how to make a flute with bamboo.

RELATED:

Supplies You Need To Collect

  • Bamboo pieces
  • Thick wood sticks
  • Hacksaw
  • Sturdy knife with a sharp point
  • Awl

Making Process Of The A Bamboo Flute

The design we are aiming for is a simple one. Thus, the steps are straightforward. However, make sure you have the necessary objects for the project.

Collection Bamboo And Wood Pieces

If you live in the neck of the woods, you can spend some time in the nearer forest to collect some bamboo pipes and wood stitches. And, if you are in a city, you can visit shops for wood crafts.

When you buy them from a shop, you won’t have to think much about what sort of wood and bamboo you should get. But, it is different if someone is collecting the materials from woods by own. We will make that clearer later.

Sizes Of The Bamboo Pipe And Wood Sticks

The bamboo pipe should be around 1.4 inches to 3 inches. And, the wood sticks are needed to be one size smaller than the bamboo pipe. Wondering about the use of the wood sticks? Please stick with us. You will find it in one of the subsequent steps.

Gathering Bamboo And Tree Branch From A Woodland

If you are buying the materials from a shop, then you can jump to the next step. Anyway, once you find a bamboo stick of your preference, you can use the hacksaw to cut it out.

Also, when you are looking for tree branches to make a wood stick, you need to find some branches which are denser. You can cut some branches of pine, cedar, or redwood tree.

Cutting The Materials With Measurements

Once bamboo and wood stick collecting is done, you can start with the cutting process. Cut the bamboo pipe in your desired shape. And, it’s better if you choose between 1 and 1 ½ feet for the flute.

Once again, you can utilize the hacksaw to cut the bamboo pipe for your flute. And, if you are thinking about cutting the wood stick in this step, Don’t! We will give you direction about it later.

Peeling The Bamboo Stick

You need to peel the flawless skin of the bamboo now. Take a knife and skin the whole bamboo stick thoroughly, also even out the nodes on the stick. Make the bamboo stick even with all the peeling and smoothing out the process.

Node: The swelled parts on a bamboo tree. You will see branches to grow from these parts of a bamboo tree.

Cutting And Peeling The Wood Stick

Here comes the awaited step! You cut a small piece from the wood stick, and you need to peel it as well. And, it will be challenging if you cut it before you skin the stick. And, it creates a possibility for cutting your hand while handling a small piece of wood.

That’s why we suggested not cutting the wood stick with in the step where we elaborated the bamboo stick cutting for the flute.

Now, cut the wood stick in a medium-size if it’s long. You will need a piece of a wood stick of 4 to 5 inches to block one of the ends of the flute (knotted end). Hence, peel off the edge of the stick so you can cut it in the target measurement.

Making Holes On The Bamboo Stick

This is a crucial step to make a flute. And, it won’t be flute anyway, if you don’t make holes in it! You will need the awl in this step.

Make one whole nearer one of the ends of the bamboo stick. With a distance of 4 to 5 inches, you can start to make finger holes. Here, 4 to 5 holes should be enough. Also, measure the distance of the finger placement holes.

Blocking The Bamboo Pipe With A Wood Piece

The wood piece you have created from the wood stick, you can put that in the side where you will be placing lips to make tunes. We can call it the knotted end.

After you put the wood piece in the flute, you can smooth it out with the body of the flute. And, the wood piece doesn’t seem to fit the opening, then peel it more.

This is the final step, and a flute will be in your hand! You can try making tunes with the flute now.

  • The slimmer the bamboo pipe is, the high-pitched the sound will be. And, wider pipes make low-pitched sounds. You can choose the bamboo pipe’s diameter depending on what type of sounds you would like from a flute.
  • You can incorporate some design on the flute’s body if you want. If you live near the woods, you can tie flexible tree skin or leaves on the flute’s body and burn it to make easy and exquisite designs. This is a faster process of adding artistic flair to bamboo objects. Or, you paint the pipe with various colors.
  • If you find difficulty cutting the bamboo and wood stick with the hacksaw, you can take out the blade or buy only the blade.

On A Final Note

People who are into making crafts are always amazing objects. And what people make with a passion for music? They make musical instruments by themselves! And, that’s incredible. It will work best if you read and attempt steps one by one. We hope our guide has helped you well with the bamboo flute-making process.

By Robert E. Kramer

Materials

  • 1 propane or butane torch or campfire to heat up metal rod.
  • 1 steel rod at least 1/2″ diameter
  • 1 oven mitt or heavy cloth
  • 1 fine-tooth saw such as a hacksaw
  • 1 grease pencil or magic marker
  • 1 sheet fine grit sandpaper
  • 1 old 1/4″ drill bit
  • 1 pair of vise grip pliers
  • 1 old bamboo fishing pole
  • 1 measuring tape
  • Linseed oil and rag

Instructions

Cut out a piece of bamboo, at least 18″ to 20″ long with a diameter between 3/4″ and 1″, from the bottom of an old fishing pole. Be sure to cut it so as to leave one end blocked by the fibrous material that is between the sections. (See Figure 1.)

How to make a bamboo flute

Measure and mark a spot 1″ from the blocked end of the bamboo. Then measure a distance of 6″ from your first mark and then make five more marks at 1″ intervals. You should, when finished, have a total of seven marks. (See Figure 2.)

How to make a bamboo flute

Your next step is to use the 1/2″ steel rod to burn out the unneeded fibrous material. To do this, heat one end of the steel rod until red hot. *CAUTION* — BE SURE TO USE THE OVEN MITT OR A HEAVY CLOTH TO HOLD THE UNHEATED END OF THE ROD, AS IT WILL GET VERY HOT. When the rod is hot, insert it into the open end of the bamboo and apply moderate force to burn through the fibrous partitions. Be sure to leave the last (end) section of fibrous material intact. (See Figure 3.)

How to make a bamboo flute

Next you need to heat the 1/4″ drill bit until it is red hot. Use the vise grips to pick it up and burn out the holes at the places that you measured. Do not drill out the holes in the bamboo, as this may cause the bamboo to crack. (See Figure 4.)

How to make a bamboo flute

Take a piece of fine-grit sandpaper about 3″x3″ and roll it up. Use the rolled-up sandpaper to remove the black charcoaled bamboo from around the holes that you have burned. You can also use the sandpaper to widen the blow hole. This will make it easier to get a sound, but be sure not to make the hole too large. (See Figure 5.)

How to make a bamboo flute

Rub a coat of linseed oil on the finished flute. Cover the last six holes with the first three fingers of each hand. Blow across the blow hole as you would on a soda pop bottle. Keep trying until you get a constant note. Now you can remove a finger to get a different sound. Experiment and practice. Have fun.

Download or Read online How to Make Your Own Bamboo Flutes full in PDF, ePub and kindle. This book written by Marek Gold and published by Webspirit which was released on 08 April 2020 with total pages 163. We cannot guarantee that How to Make Your Own Bamboo Flutes book is available in the library, click Get Book button to download or read online books. Join over 650.000 happy Readers and READ as many books as you like.

How to Make Your Own Bamboo Flutes

Author : Marek Gold
Publisher : Webspirit
Release Date : 08 April 2020
ISBN :
Pages : 163 pages
Rating : / 5 ( users)

GET BOOK!

Everything you need to know about making your own beautiful bamboo flutes. Models covered in the book are Side Blown Flute, Shakuhachi, Native American Flute and Bamboo Recorder. And now the Bamboo Sax. If you want to know how to Make Bamboo Flutes, then this is the Book. When I started to make bamboo flutes 30 years ago there was virtually no information on this amazing topic anywhere. By following the methods described in this E-Book you’ll save a lot of time stuffing around, stabbing in the dark and wasted bamboo! You’ll have an incredible head start that I did not have when I embarked on Bamboo Flute making.

How to Make Your Own Bamboo Flutes by Marek Gold

Everything you need to know about making your own beautiful bamboo flutes. Models covered in the book are Side Blown Flute, Shakuhachi, Native American Flute and Bamboo Recorder. And now the Bamboo Sax. If you want to know how to Make Bamboo Flutes, then this is the Book. When I

Simple Flutes by Mark Shepard

Simple flutes of bamboo, wood, metal, plastic, or clay can be a joy to play and make. This book gives you the basics of simple flute playing, then offers guidelines for making flutes of your own from a variety of materials. It even includes a handy chart for “where to

Make Your Own Mr Curly and Other Clarinets by Linsey Pollak

Download or read online Make Your Own Mr Curly and Other Clarinets written by Linsey Pollak, published by Australian eBook Publisher which was released on 2014-01-16. Get Make Your Own Mr Curly and Other Clarinets Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

Simple Flutes by Mark Shepard

Award-winning architect Lester Walker’s books on American home architecture have become classics in the field, selling over 200,000 copies. Now, at long last, Walker has created a step-by-step guide for prospective homebuilders who want to play a role in customizing their house plan. Each stage is illustrated with easy-to-follow diagrams

The Bamboo Flute by Garry Disher

‘musical and haunting’ Publisher’s Weekly Paul is a dreamer, his head alive with rippling pianos, gentle violins and the smiles of Margaret, the one he loves. But in the cold light of day, Margaret snubs him at school, the piano has been sold, his father is battling to keep the

Where Can I Get a Flute Like Yours by Kara Michele Lochridge

Download or read online Where Can I Get a Flute Like Yours written by Kara Michele Lochridge, published by Unknown which was released on 2004. Get Where Can I Get a Flute Like Yours Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

Make Your Own Wooden Flute by Steve Schmeck

Practical, fully illustrated guide to making a wooden flute with tools that are common in many home workshops or can be built. Playing instructions included.

Mindful Wellbeing by Xanthe Pearson

Holistic Kinesiologist, Xanthe Pearson shares her experience and wisdom in a mix of education, guidance and inspiration that will introduce you to some wellbeing tools and fun activities for happiness. Readers of all ages can enjoy learning about alternative health activities that benefit us all. This is the hardcopy version.

Sing Out by Anonim

Download or read online Sing Out written by Anonim, published by Unknown which was released on 1978. Get Sing Out Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

How to Grow a Young Music Lover by Cheri Fuller

How to Grow a Young Music Lover is the ideal guide for parents who want to boost their children’s education through music; parents who want to aid in their children’s cognitive, motor, and creative development; parents who love music and want their children to do the same; and

How to make a bamboo flute

Simple Flutes by Mark Shepard

Download or read online Simple Flutes written by Mark Shepard, published by Unknown which was released on 2011. Get Simple Flutes Books now! Available in PDF, ePub and Kindle.

Challenges Associated with Cross Cultural and At Risk Student Engagement by Gordon, Richard K.,Akutsu, Taichi,McDermott, J. Cynthia,Lalas, Jose W.

Creating a meaningful and interactive learning environment is a complex task for any educator. However, once this is accomplished, students have the chance to receive enhanced opportunities for knowledge development and retention. Challenges Associated with Cross-Cultural and At-Risk Student Engagement provides a comprehensive examination on emerging strategies for optimizing instructional

The Potter s Boy by Tony Mitton

An odyssey-type adventure and coming-of-age story about family obligation and finding one’s path. This is The Alchemist meets Inside Out and Back Again for fans of Thanhha Lai.

Explore Ancient Chinese Myths by Anita Yasuda

Who is the lady who floated to the moon? Did a monkey really hatch from an egg? Did tears bring down the Great Wall of China? Does the sky rest on the legs of a turtle? In Explore Ancient Chinese Myths! With 25 Projects, readers ages 7 to 10 soar on a journey

How Happy Is Your Home by Sophie Keller

Steeped in feng shui, this practical guide, featuring 50 actionable tips, presents simple ways to bring more health, wealth and happiness into the home.

Native American flute is a heritage musical instrument that has a very old existence. In the article, along with the information of how to make a native American flute, let us also discuss how this wind instrument came into existence.

Native American flute is a heritage musical instrument that has a very old existence. In the article, along with the information of how to make a native American flute, let us also discuss how this wind instrument came into existence…

Most of us know, and have played, a musical instrument at some point of time in life. But how many of us have actually made a musical instrument. I guess only a handful of us may have actually taken the effort to make a musical instrument from scratch. Though it is not possible to create any instrument from the basics, there are a few which can be made at home, using just some carpentry skills and lots of patience. One such musical instrument is the native American flute. There are many popular native American musical instruments, of which the flute holds a distinctive place owing to its rich, emotional tone. Before we get into the details for how to make a native American flute, let us brush up with the glorious history of this iconic musical instrument.

Native American Flute: A Brief History

With its soft and sensitive notes, the native American flute is a musical instrument which was believed to be first made by the Oasisamerica Ancient Pueblo People. It was popular as an instrument for courting where a young man would play this flute to charm his lady love. The tradition goes like this, that the tune played by the man would be only understood by his lady. And after he is successful in earning her love, the flute would be thrown away, never to be used again.

Would you like to write for us? Well, we’re looking for good writers who want to spread the word. Get in touch with us and we’ll talk.

In the modern times, this flute is played in accompaniment of different western musical instruments. However, the central appeal of the flute lies in it being played as a solo instrument. Sadly, the flute is no longer popular as it used to be, since many new musical instruments have come into existence and have replaced this antique piece. But thanks to some collectors, this flute has gained acclaim once again and its soulful, haunting sound is sure to capture many a heart.

Instructions for Making Native American Flute

Native American flutes can be availed online and also at stores which sell musical instruments. However, one can style this simple flute even at home. With the help of a few basic things, you can make your own native American flute. However, it should be noted that if you are amateur at this task, then it can be quite an effort to make this flute. Here are a few guidelines to help you shape your own native American flute.

  • Choose an appropriate raw material for the flute. You can make a native American flute out of bamboo or red cedar wood, both of which should be of excellent quality without any cracks on the surface, that may spoil the flute. If you are making a flute out of bamboo, make sure that the wood is mature and not green.
  • With the help of a saw, cut the wood measuring 18 inches (the standard length of the flute). If you are styling the flute out of cedar, then saw the wood making two equal sized pieces. Smoothen the ends of the cut wood with the use of sandpaper. Stick the two pieces with glue and hold them firmly, till the two ends are properly stuck.
  • Cut two inches from one end of the pipe, for the mouthpiece, using a knife. Make the surface smooth by sanding it. Now, wrap a masking tape around the flute to protect it from snapping. Using a drill, bore a couple of holes 1 inch away from each other on the flat surface.
  • Remove the tape and, using sandpaper, make the holes smooth. Bore 6 more holes on the other plane of the flute, measuring 6 inches from the top. The holes must be placed 1 inch apart from each other and sandpaper them.
  • You can carve intricate designs on the wooden surface, to give your flute a more native American feel. Varnish the wood to protect it from damage. Once the varnish has completely dried, you can use your native American flute to create beautiful music.

This was all about how to make a native American flute. With serene, lulling notes emanating from it, this wind instrument is a perfect blend in any symphonic concert, jazz quartets and rock bands.

  • How to make a bamboo flute

How to make a bamboo flute

  • How to make a bamboo flute
  • How to make a bamboo flute

In my last column (Homegrown Wind Instrument: How to Carve a Homemade Bamboo Flute), I introduced you to Craig Rusbult, a bamboo flute maker extraordinaire. And that particular article went on to detail some of the basics of Craig’s technique with the aim of allowing you to craft a primitive flute of your own.

We’ve already discussed where to find the right bamboo for the job, how to cut it and remove the central membrane, and how to position — and form — the mouthpiece and finger holes. However, although that column did provide all the information necessary to produce a “playable” instrument, the piece didn’t include (because of space limitations) the “three F’s” of bamboo-flute construction: fine tuning, finishing, and fingering. I aim to remedy that situation here and now.

Fine Tuning

For example, if you drill a small starter hole that produces an on-pitch but relatively weak note, you can obtain a clearer, more open sound by slightly enlarging the opening on the side closest to the flute’s open end. And if a hole produces a very flat note, you can increase its pitch significantly by gradually expanding the opening on the side nearest the mouthpiece.

Of course there’s always the danger of making a hole too large, and therefore too sharp. If you find yourself in that situation, you may want to imitate a trick of Craig’s: He stands his flute on end (mouthpiece down), applies a little white glue to the upward-facing edge of the offending opening, and allows it to dry. By building up this surface slightly, he’s able to lower the pitch produced by the hole.

Double Up

You’ll likely be glad to know (if you don’t already) that your homemade flute is capable of producing a second octave, which is played by simply blowing harder than usual into the instrument while using the same finger positions as those employed for the “normal” scale. Once you’ve shaped the holes to your satisfaction, then, you’ll want to check the tuning of those higher notes. If your bamboo’s natural taper is just right — that is, if the tube’s inside diameter decreases very uniformly from its closed to its open end — the upper octave may be naturally in tune.

Chances are, though, that at least some of the notes will be flat. To remedy the situation, carefully sand all, or a portion of, the area inside the tube between the mouthpiece and the hole closest to it (use the same dowel-and-sandpaper tool you made to smooth the interior while making your flute). If all the notes are flat, of course, you’ll have to work on the entire gap . if the three notes closest to the blow hole are the bad ones, sand just that half of the region closest to the mouthpiece . and, likewise, if the three notes farthest from the mouthpiece are flat, smooth the other half of the area. Again, always proceed gradually, and check the flute’s performance frequently as you make your adjustments.

Finishing the Flute

Once you’re done drilling and tuning your flute, you’ll probably want to lightly sand and contour the surface edges around the holes to make it easy for your fingers to form tight seals on the openings (this is, of course, essential if you intend to produce good clear notes). In addition, you may also decide to sand and polish the entire outer skin of the bamboo, and to smooth out the joints as well, to give the final product a truly professional appearance. Do be careful, though, not to sand too deeply into the wood, or you’ll destroy the natural beauty of the instrument.

Some flutemakers apply wrappings of colorful waxed linen thread (available at most craft shops) to several areas along the length of the instrument — particularly the portions around the mouthpiece, holes, and open end — to reinforce the tube and prevent (or repair) cracks. You can either glue or lacquer the cord in place.

Well, at this point your bamboo music maker ought to be ready to warble. That brings us to the third “F” of homegrown fluting. For this, refer to my Bamboo Flute Fingering Diagram.

A Pair of Possible Fingering Systems

In Fig. 1 — showing the standard six-hole fingering system — the shaded holes indicate finger placement, with the open end of the flute on the right. The numbers in turn designate the notes in the scale, in ascending order, with “1” being the key note. In addition, there are many ways to play flat and sharp notes, such as “half holing” — that is, placing your finger over just a portion of a hole to produce an “off” note — plus various other full fingerings not depicted in the chart.

The three “extra” holes shown in Fig. 2 — Craig Rusbult’s nine-hole fingering system — allow you to play in the two keys above and below the flute’s “natural” key. The additional openings are situated so that they’re covered by your thumbs and right ring finger when the instrument is held in the “normal” six-hole playing position.

The shaded holes represent finger placement, with the open end of the flute on the right. The two crosshatched holes shown indicate a need to finger one, the other, or both openings (depending on the individual flute) to achieve the flatted “6” note. The numbers on the left designate the notes in the scale, in ascending order, with “1” being the key note. The number-and-letter combinations across the top indicate the specific digits to be used: “L” is left, “R” is right, “T” is thumb . and “1”, “2”, “3”, and “4” designate index, middle, ring, and “little” fingers, respectively.

And Finally .

All you have to do now is experiment, practice, play, and enjoy. I’ve owned and used my bamboo flute since 1972, and the instrument has stood up faithfully to the test of ten years’ wear. (I keep the tune pipe in a quiverlike leather case that I believe has helped prevent it from drying and cracking.) I hope you get as much pleasure and longevity out of your homemade instrument as I have from mine.

How to make a bamboo flute

Several River Cane flutes made from cane found along the Apalachicola River were used in the sound track for the film documentary, Apalachicola River – An American Treasure

Listen to Ogeechee Moon from Apalachicola River: An American Treasure featuring the River Cane Flute Several years ago I decided to learn how to make flutes from our native “bamboo” or river cane, Arundinaria gigantea. Being a long time fan of the great Native American flutist, Carlos Nakai and also being intrigued and moved by the Celtic low whistle music of Irish musicians such as Davy Spillane, I embarked on the challenge of making a flute using the Native American sound production mechanism combined with the fingering of the Irish Penny Whistle.
The first challenge was to duplicate the sound mechanism of the Native America flute and produce my first clear note on the piece of river cane. This is truly a rewarding experience in itself. The first time I was able to blow into the river cane and produce a note I felt as though I had performed a miracle! I am sure the first flute makers felt the same sense of awe as they discovered how to produce music with a piece of wood or bone.

After carving a flat surface across the top joint of the bamboo, drill a small hole on either side of that joint and make your cap to cover the top tone hole of the blank flute. See the series of photographs below.

Here are the finger hole multipliers for a 6 hole flute: Measure the distance from the lower edge of the tone hole to the bottom edge of the flute body (17 1/2 inches, for example) and multiply this measurement by the following proportions: (Hole #1 is the top finger hole and hole #6 is the bottom finger hole.)

#1 = 0.46 #2 = 0.52 #3 = 0.60 #4 = 0.68 #5 = 0.73 #6 = 0.80
With much trial and error I came up with the general length and diameter of river cane or bamboo that works best for making flutes in the key of F and G minor.

  • Distance from the bottom of the tone hole to the bottom of the flute: 17 1/2 inches
  • Inside diameter of the flute: 5/8 of an inch

    The river cane flutes I make enable me to play in both the pentatonic scale (Native American style) and the diatonic scale (our major and minor scales as we know them). With these flutes I can play both Celtic and Native American styles on the same instrument.

    Check out my CD’s that feature the River Cane Flute. Discography How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    How to make a bamboo flute
    Check out my CD’s that feature the River Cane Flute. Discography

    Чему вы научитесь

    Требования

    Описание

    This course is elaborately written by Taiwan Dizi Master, Mr. Chen Chung-sheng, with his 50 years teaching and performing experience.

    It will introduces you how to play the dizi(Chinese bamboo flute) starting from knowing nothing about music

    This course is designed for the beginners to have one class per week(15

    25 min); practice 30 min per day, then you will lay the solid groundwork, and be able to play some short songs after finishing the 10 lessons.

    Each class is divided into three parts :

    1. Listen to a classic

    2. Play the dizi

    3. Recite a poem

    The second part titled “Play the Dizi” is the kernel of this course, mainly focused on the instruction of playing techniques for Dizi.

    The first part titled “Listen to a Classic” and the third part titled ” Recite a Poem” are both expected to expose you more broadly to Dizi from the aspect of culture.

    Physical materials including: (you can consider if you need them.)
    Dizi in G key, dimo, er-jiao, and the textbook.

    the buying link will be posted in the first lesson.

    ・If you don’t have an instrument

    The dizi we prepare for you is especially designed for this course, which is not expensive but sounds very nice, and also easy to blow.

    Most sheet music of exercises and short songs are shown in the video with numbered musical notation, you can play all the tunes with the online courses.

    Для кого этот курс:

    • Anyone in any country who is interested in Chinese ethnic music.
    • Beginners in music

    Материалы курса

    Lesson 1: Blowing the bamboo pipe 5 лекции • 17 мин

    Lesson 2: Do Re Mi Exercise (part 1) 7 лекции • 27 мин

    Lesson 3: Do Re Mi Exercise (part 2) 6 лекции • 18 мин

    Lesson 4 – Si La Exercise (Part 1) 5 лекции • 18 мин

    Lesson 5 – Si La Exercise (Part 2) 5 лекции • 15 мин

    Lesson 6 – Practicing Note Sol (part 1) 4 лекции • 17 мин

    Lesson 7 – Practicing Note Sol (part 2) 7 лекции • 26 мин

    Lesson 8 – Lesson 8 – Short Songs (1) 5 лекции • 19 мин

    Lesson 9 – Short Songs (2) 6 лекции • 19 мин

    Lesson 10 – Short Songs (3) 5 лекции • 20 мин

    Преподаватель

    Chen, Chung-Shen (born 1956), Founder of Taiwan Bamboo Flute Association, is a composer, Dizi(Chinese flute) and Hsiao performer, conductor and music educator. He was born in Yunlin, Taiwan.

    Chen taught himself the Dizi from the age of ten and learned music at and Soochow University. He also studied western flute , music theory, composition and conducting.

    In 1989, Chen established the Taipei Folk Chamber Orchestra and was appointed as the conductor with the Taipei Chinese Orchestra in 1992. In 2004, he began teaching at the department of Chinese music at Tainan National University of the Arts. And now, over 1/3 of the dizi professional performers in Taiwan are his students.

    In 2008, he developed Chen’s semitone flute and obtained patents in both Taiwan and China. He has since made great contributions to education in the Chinese flute.

    He is the recipient of the Golden Tripod Award and the Golden Melody Award. In 1992, he was awarded Taiwan’s Top Ten Outstanding Youth Award, and in 1998, the Zhongxing Arts and Culture Award, and in 2019, the National Award for Arts .

    Chen’s main compositions include, The Coquette Teases the Doyen for Chinese orchestra(1988), Playing the Role of Gods(1991) and the musical, At Cross Purposes for Chinese orchestra(1990).