Check out this amazing double flute here, the Red Beech Temple Drone.
We crafted this double flute for a customer in Australia, and loved every part of it, even if the wood was very difficult to carve! It features an awesome Medicine Wheel made from copper, with a Tiger’s Eye Stone in the middle. The woods were selected to complement each other, and we’ve used Rewarewa for the mouthpiece and in the totems.
Drone Flutes are dual chambered flutes, playing a drone through the left chamber, and melodic playing on the right. This style of double flute originates from the Mayan and Teotihuacan cultures, where it was commonly crafted from clay and played by villagers and priests. It has been adapted into a wooden flute that combines the traditional Mayan dual chambered clay flute, with the totem and slow air chamber from the modern Native American Style Flute.
About the tuning
The tuning of this double flute makes it a highly versatile instrument. While it is precisely tune to the extended minor pentatonic scale, the playable range extends to one and a quarter octave, with a selection of up to 10 notes. The left hand chamber, known as the drone, plays the fundamental, or root note, which is determined by the flute’s ‘key’. On the drone side we use three wooden plugs allowing you to choose what drone note you’d like to play. You can take them out individually, or remove them all and play melodically on both sides!!
Numerous scales are playable on this flute, including the minor pentatonic scale, jazz scale, major scale, and gypsy scale.
About the wood
Southern beech is a highly decorative hardwood with a natural sheen and lustre. This Southern Beech has a very resonance voice and a lovely medium weight.
Have a listen!