Monday, February 05, 2007

Two Tunable Drone Flutes

On my recording New Fire there is a song called "Cactus Dance". This was recorded using a High Spirits tunable drone flute. A drone flute is basically two flute chambers built into one fllute body. One of the chambers has finger holes and plays like a normal Native American flute and plays the melody while the other chamber doesn't have finger holes and therefore only plays one note or "drones". This second chamber is usually tuned to the bottom note of the flute. Not unlike a Bagpipe.

In this article we're going to look at two tunable drone flutes, both in the key of A.

One of them was made by Odell Borg of High Spirits flutes. (left)

The other was made by Rich Halliburton of Querencia Flutes. (right)