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Black Walnut - Hijaz (Middle Eastern Scale)

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  • Wood Types: Black Walnut
  • Includes: Quickstart playing guide, Protective case, Lifetime guarantee, Free world-wide Postage
  • Availability: Made to order (4-6 weeks)
  • Available Keys: D Hijaz, F Hijaz, G Hijaz
  • Price: From: $680NZD
  • Selected variation is not available.

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About the tuning

This Hitzaz scale is commonly used in Greek and Arabic music; it is the scale that the Greek stringed instrument, the Bouzouki, is tuned to (it is also the scale that Flamenco is usually played in, sometimes called the ‘Spanish Gypsy scale’, though there are several of these!). A similar sounding scale is the Hitzazkiar scale found on Middle Eastern lip and reed flutes like the Turkish Ney. In fact, the naming of these scales seems very confused; for some, the Hitzaz scale is called the Hijaz, for others the Hijaz is a shortened form of the HijazKiar scale, and in other texts the Hijaz is the HitzazKiar.

The notes for this G scale are: G  Ab  B  C  D  Eb  F#  G
You can see our playing/fingering diagram for more information.

About the wood

Black Walnut, as a flute-wood, has a voice that is bright, clear, and strong, due to the hardness of the wood. The wood colour is typically a swirling combination of browns and blacks. This is highly figured wood, with knot inclusions and other wild grain patterns. Black Walnut is native to America and is grown in New Zealand.

About the finish

All flutes are finished with a completely natural and chemical free wood oil, from plant oils and tree resins, produced by a local New Zealand company. This blend of ingredients protects and nourishes the flute, as well as showcasing the unique grain of the wood. The final touch is a good ol’ buff with Carnauba wax, which helps to wick away moisture from the air channel while creating a durable and lustrous finish. We’ve found this method the safest, to protect your Native American Flute, healthy for you and the environment.


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