I build all my flutes to meet concert quality performance. If you are an experienced player you understands why this is important. For the beginner this means you will have a professional sounding instrument that is fun and easy to play. This brings joy into your play straight from the beginning, opening the path for a life full of music.
A flute is either in tune, or it is out of tune. To ensure the quality of my instruments I tune them according to western concert standards, applying the following set of rules:
- Tuned to A=440Hz or A=432Hz reference at medium breath pressure. When playing high notes on the Native American Flute it is common to play these more expressively, hence use more breath. My flutes are tuned to this. When going up the scale, I therefore advise to gradually use a little more breath. In this way the flute can be played with full emotion, while still in the correct tuning.
- Able to play all of the chromatic notes in its range, except for the minor second
- Tuned with equal temperament note spacing of 100 cents
- In tune at 40% - 60% relative humidity
- In tune at room temperature 22°C (72°F equivalent)
When performing (or simply playing) outdoors, wind can interfere with your flute, at times making it even impossible to make a sound. To counteract this effect all my flutes have a winshield designed in the block. It is the two parrallel extensions coming out of the down side of the block protecting both sides of the 'True Sound Hole'.
This design makes a big difference when playing while there is a light breeze, making my flutes enjoyable to play and perform outdoors. Keep in mind however you are still playing a wind instrument, and it is impossible to cancel out all wind influence.
If you want to know more about the way I make my flutes and the step-by-step process I go through when crafting them, read my page on how I make flutes.