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Simple Flutes: A Guide To Flute Making And Play... LINK

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 put the holes." "Simple Flutes" is a must for simple flute players and makers! ///////////////////////////////////////////////////// Mark Shepard is the author of "How to Love Your Flute," hailed by Paul Horn as "a model for our times," as well as the craft guide "Simple Flutes." For many years, he was a professional artisan, making and selling flutes of bamboo or plastic. ///////////////////////////////////////////////////// "Contains the essense of a tremendous amount of experience." -- Sam Hinton, Sing Out "An excellent overview." -- Monty Levenson, Tai Hei Shakuhachi "A slim, elegantly presented, and highly practical guide. . . . First-rate, user friendly." -- Midwest Book Review, Aug. 2002 "This thin volume contains a wealth of information." -- Linda Dailey Paulson, Dirty Linen, Oct.-Nov. 2002 ///////////////////////////////////////////////////// CONTENTS 1 PLAYING The Sound The Hands The Notes Second Octave Sharps and Flats Breath and Tonguing Making Music Flute Care 2 MAKING Flute Qualities The Flute Tube The Mouthhole The Fingerholes Tuning Stoppers Finishes Plastic Bamboo Wood Clay Metal Other ///////////////////////////////////////////////////// SAMPLE Here are the two most important rules for tuning: -- A hole will give a higher note if it is placed closer to the mouthhole. It will give a lower note if placed farther away. -- A hole will give a higher note if made larger. It will give a lower note if smaller. These rules mean you can "raise" a note by enlarging the hole or by placing the hole closer to the mouthhole. You can "lower" the note by using a smaller hole or by placing the hole farther from the mouthhole. It also means you can change the hole size and its placement without changing the note. A larger hole could be placed farther from the mouthhole, or a smaller hole placed closer to the mouthhole.

Simple Flutes: A Guide to Flute Making and Play...

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Simple Flutes: A Guide to Flute Making and Playing, or How to Make and Play Great Homemade Musical Instruments for Children and All Ages from Bamboo, Wood, Clay, Metal, PVC Plastic, or Anything Else, by Mark Shepard, Shepard Publications, 2001. My latest and last word on the playing and making of simple flutes from a variety of materials.

The Complete Guide to the Flute and Piccolo, Second Edition, by J. James Phelan with contributions by Lillian Burkart, Burkart-Phelan, 2000. A fully illustrated guide for players wishing to maintain their own instruments as well as for flute repair professionals. The best and only book on flute repair! The publisher also offers a flute repair video, Flute Fitness, by J. James Phelan. Best ordering may be from the author, at

Back in print by popular demand, this wonderful book has a developed a "cult following" over the years. Here is a complete guide for anyone who plays the flute or ever wanted to. Use it along with flute lessons or even to teach yourself! This book covers everything you need and more -- the history of the flute, selection and care, flute technique, fingering, playing by ear, reading music, and modern folk flutes. How to Love Your Flute will appeal to all flutists, frombeginning to advanced.

"Shepard's soul-felt passion for the flute resonates through his book like music. It's a comprehensive guide with something for everyone, from novice to professional, and so well written that it's a pleasure just to browse through it. This book inspires." -- Diana Barich, in The Next Whole Earth Catalog

"Comprehensive and concise...A highly readable and inspirational guide for flutists ofevery age and ability."-- Jeanne Baxtresser, first flute, Toronto SymphonyOrchestra Price of Book Ordering Information Other Flute Making & Flute Playing Books by Mark Shepard

Our two finished flute options, Premiere and Basic flutes both have the same high quality, soothing voice and concert tuning. The Basic flutes are simpler in design and the Premiere flutes are each unique works of art.

American Indian flutes are made differently than any other flute like instrument in the world. Though many cultures came up with a flute around the same time in history (global consciousness at its finest!) The people indigenous to North American developed the wonderful two chambered design that makes this kind of flute so effortless to play. You heard me! They are one of the simplest flutes to play.

Here is a guide for both making andplaying transverse flutes of all kinds. Written for the beginnerin both realms, this book takes the reader through the basic stepsin producing sounds on the flute and transforming breath intomusic. Tips are offered on producing sharps and flats, playinghigher notes in the second octave and techniques of breathingand tonguing. Care of the instrument is also discussed.

The chapters on flutecraft provide basicinformation on acoustics of the bore, hole placement and tuning,embouchure as it relates to making the mouth hole and a wide rangeof materials used for making flutes. Techniques for working withbamboo and binding the instrument to prevent it from crackingare described in detail.

This is an excellent overview for thosewho are interested in learning more about simple side-blown flutes.An excellent introduction for youngsters. 44 pages. CM-4 Ordering Information / Price of Book Other Flute Making & Flute Playing Books by Mark Shepard

This flute design is a common one on the net, and for good reason. Not only is it simple to build, it's also relatively simple to learn and rewarding to play. It only took a month of on and of playing to be relatively proficient (meaning I could get a clean sound from the first two octaves without difficulty.) The flutes are keyed instruments and only play in one scale (without more complex fingerings) which is actually a plus when just noodling around since you can't easily hit a note outside of the major scale of that flutes key. My G flute can hit about 2 octaves easily and 2.5 octaves if you push it. My D fife can hit 2 octaves. There are already a number of good sites out there on how to make flutes, but I thought I would add some of my experiences making my own flute collection that haven't been addressed. For a primer of how to play a PVC flute check out my website: How to Flute

The basic construction of a PVC flute is simple. Six holes provide the western seven-note scale; one blown hole initiates the sound. Insert a block to the correct depth at the blown end and you have a flute. The steps can be performed in any order, but I tend to drill the embouchure first since is the most important hole to have a clean cut. It also tends to be the largest hole and most difficult hole to drill. To start the flute, I use a hacksaw to cut the pipe to length and sand the ends on the disc sander for smooth finish. It is easiest to lay out the holes with a pencil and then follow up with an awl to make an indent for more accurate drilling. Now that I have made a few flutes, I often use another flute Ive made to mark the positions of the holes: for a first flute you will have use a ruler to measure from the open (not the embouchure) end for each hole individually.

Many years later, this Instructable is still very helpful for refining the basic "Plumber's Pipe" flute, especially about undercutting the embouchure. Thanks, Jnkyrdguy!Previous commenters have noted the paucity of basic construction details and that the links to Kosel's website and Flutomatic are dead. Here's an archived link to Kosel's notes on flute-making: ://...And here's Flutomatic: :/... Also, I suggest looking here for easy-to-follow instructions to make a PVC flute and some basic instructions for playing it. Jnkyrdguy suggested the same site in a comment pretty far down below; I'm just bringing it forward for new readers to find easily. As of Feb 2022 Shepard's site is still active. I found Shepard's site quite helpful years ago when I made my first PVC flutes. I didn't know about Flutomatic then, so it took me a few re-do's and tweaks to get the tuning and embouchure spot-on, but it was very well worth the effort. To drill clean holes without burrs inside I inserted a sacrificial wooden dowel inside the PVC pipe and drilled slowly with a drill press. With one prototype I also chamfered the finger holes very slightly -- not deep enough to enlarge the holes, but just enough (or so I thought) for smaller fingers to find and cover them more easily. But Kosel was right, and I prefer them NOT chamfered. After a few iterations I made one highly satisfactory flute tuned for fingering in C and another one in F to match soprano and alto recorder tunings. (See the archived Flutomatic link above for tube length and drilling specs for any tuning.) Finally, I wet-sanded my finished flutes and applied a couple coats of Minwax wood stain on the micro-abraded surface, for an 'antique wood' look and feel instead of slick white PVC. I played them for a few years in my college's early music ensemble and made a few more for interested friends and colleagues.These simple flutes are fun to make and highly rewarding when care is taken to get the tuning right. They're good and inexpensive gifts for musically inclined friends from school-age youngsters to adults (my 89 year old former neighbor and her 8 year old great grand-daughter are learning to play rounds and Irish airs together on theirs), they sound mellow almost like an old wooden flute, and they're virtually indestructable to take anywhere. 041b061a72

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