Drone Flutes are dual chambered flutes, playing a drone through the left chamber, and melodic playing on the right. This style of 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
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 left hand chamber, known as the drone, plays the fundamental, or root note, which is determined by the flute’s ‘key’. Numerous scales are playable on this flute, including the minor pentatonic scale, jazz scale, major scale, and gypsy scale.
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. The wood we use is hand selected and milled by a friend in Matamata, who reserves a special selection for Southern Cross Flutes.
About the stone
In the Black Walnut Drone Flute range, turquoise is set into the totem as well as into the flute (within the copper Tui bird). Turquoise is a sacred stone used for centuries by Native American peoples in all healing work. This is a stone of peace, serenity and tranquility. Southern Cross Flutes uses only natural undyed turquoise.
About the finish
All flutes are finished with a completely natural and chemical free wood oil, from plant oils and tree resins, 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.
Made to order flutes
If you’ve chosen to have your flute crafted to order, please allow up to 4 weeks for Todd to finish and have your flute ready for posting. To proceed with this order, please click the Inquire about this flute link below…
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