Single Double Triple Triple Harmony
The first step is to choose whether you would like a single, double triple or triple harmony flute. Check out my Videos Page to hear what each of these kinds of flutes sound like. For a beginner, I would recommend learning on a single flute unless you feel really called to a double flute. Double and Triple flutes are great for those looking to add variety and uniqueness to your collection.
Choosing the key is next. For beginners I recommend the keys of A, G or F#. These are great keys to learn on as the spacing of the holes on these flutes is close enough together not to strain your fingers and small enough to make covering the holes with the pads of your fingers easy.
Along with the Key you will need to decide which frequency you would like your flute tuned to - 440 or 432 Htz. 440 is ideal for those who would like to easily play with other people, as most instruments made today are tuned to 440 Htz. 432 Htz is a healing frequency in relationship to the schumann resonance or earths natural vibration.
Choosing a Wood
After selecting a key and frequency, it is now time to choose your wood. The flute can be made in one single kind of wood or a combination of two or more woods. I source the Hawaiian woods from a friend on Maui - he is a furniture maker and reserves the offcuts (extras) of his projects for my use.
I also use local woods around NC, where I currently live.
Hawaiian Woods available include:
Koa and Mango
Local Woods include:
Maple, Walnut, Camphor and Aromatic Cedar
To get a more information on each type of wood I offer, check out my
Adding Design Elements
Possible Design Options
*Four direction holes
*Shellac finish for a glossy flute
*Crushed stone design inlay
*Extra drone holes
*Multiple totems on drone flutes
*Multiple wood species for body, mouth, endcap and block.