These flutes are called 'Drone' flutes due to the fact
that they have a dual chamber construction. While playing,
they will have the haunting drone or dual sound.
Basically two sounds. One is the 'root' or key
of the flute, while the other is the typical range
of tones standard to all flutes. Drone flutes
come in the High and Mid range tones, and upon
request, bass range as well. With the advance in technology
and the flute making abilities, these drone style flutes
now come in many different shapes and forms.
View my photos for different styles. All of my drones have
two separate mouth holes so you are able to play the
drone flute as a regular single sided flute. My drone totems,
or blocks have the ability to be adjusted for either side
individually for tone and clarity.
My flutes are created specifically to achieve a
concert and recording quality instrument.
I make most of my drone flutes so they will phase
unless told otherwise. This is a natural audible cycling
effect when both chambers are played on the same note.
I have recently been cited in and interviewed for one of the
best known Native American flute books (Flute Magic:
An Introduction to the Native American Flute
by Tim "WindWalker" Crawford - Appendix I,
3rd edition) on the subject of the drone phasing.
The wood is individually selected for it's natural
character, as well as the quality of the tone desired.
I keep traditional characteristics in my craft and
'burn in' the finger holes and sound windows with metal rods.
As a musician it is important that my flutes are carefully
tuned to a traditional minor pentatonic scale.
A customized instrument, as well as a special
style tuning can also be achieved as a special order.
Each flute is individually fashioned by hand and protected
by an all natural sealer/hardener dipping solution,
then waxed to guard the quality and beauty of the wood.
All drone flutes are 1/2", 3/4", 7/8", 1 1/8" & 1 1/4" bore,
depending on the model of flute. They are split cased
construction and a one-of-a-kind musical instrument.
Used by musicians and amateurs alike, these flutes can be played
simply and with ease. Each flute is unconditionally guaranteed
against cracking and separation due to craftsmanship.
Click on the flute photographs to view a larger image & description.
Click on the 'Flute clips' image below to hear some of the
different tones available.
Michael Searching Bear
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