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Flutes etc. Maori Nose Flute.

old git

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Encouraged by the eclectic nature of this "Other Instruments" thread, who, amongst the great intellects of this forum, can supply information on this exotic instrument.

Normal number of holes, key and scale from would be greatly appreciated. There is the obvious drawback of playing with a cold, or were these unknown in the Islands prior to the white man's contamination?

Apologies for being serious.
Well there's your homework for the weekend, boys.

A real instrument made for real reasons and with real methods. An instrument from a time long before men in white coats taking over the instrument making business with their vernier callipers and advanced maths. An instrument from a time when the science was the way you wielded your knife in wood (or bone, or stone).

The precise and accurate pitch is entirely decided by the end result. There seems to be a consensus that you need holes for fingers. By the looks of it, most makers of the Nguru manage to drill holes. By the third or fourth hole the stamina seems to be wearing off. I believe the current record for finger holes is six.

Of cause, after the discovery of nose flutes by technicians in white coats, the civilized world has come up with some plastic equivalents that are entirely constructed with maths, callipers and modern science. Somehow, it feels more real when I see the children in spring using their knives on willow trees making a flute with its own 'one and only' pitch. Perhaps not always in tune, but always real...

Homework done... May I be excused now?
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Kia ora Old Git,

Regarding the Maori Nose flute I know of New Zealands expert in this field Brian Flintoff, I have his book and he lives less that 40 minutes way from here in Nelson


NZ most famous Moari instrument player is a white man red head (pakeha) Richard Nunns

There should be enough material for you on both these sites, but the real beauty is to hear the Maori instruments played by an expert.


Cheers & ciao

Ps watching the All Blacks beat Canada, who are giving a good account of themselves!
As far as i know, the straight end-blown (not side-blown) flute is the oldest musical instrument in existence. Ethnic peoples have naturally used whatever plant stems were growing in their environment and have experimented to make noises which we now call music.

Flutes, horns, saxophones, all the same root. All great noise makers.

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