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dulcimer Lets Talk Native American Flutes (21) RE: Lets Talk Native American Flutes 15 Feb 00


Don't know a whole lot about the topic, but I own a cane flute made by Michael Cochran of Elephant Butte, NM. His flutes go under the name Lone Wolf. He made more elaborate ones, but mine has a simple leather strip to hold a wood strip which determine size of air hole near the blowing ead. It has four hole evenly spaced near the bottom of the flute. I think he told me it was for the four elements or the four directions, but that it was traditional to place these four holes. He also said that 5 hole was more traditional, but he was willing to make me one with six. I think he said that one of the Five Civilized Tribes used the six hole, but not really typical of most tribes' flutes. Even so my flute is diatonic with a 1 1/2 step between the first and second hole. I haven't experimented much, but I think with a combination of figurings and half holing, starting at the 2nd hole, one can get a full chromatic scale.


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