Various scales for the Native American flute

Native American flutes are commonly tuned to play one single scale, most often the Minor pentatonic. Prana flutes have professional concert tuning, meaning they will play the Minor pentatonic scale perfectly in tune, extended with a chromatic scale. On top of the basic pentatonic tuning Prana flutes will play an additional seven notes, for a total of twelve notes (chroma = twelve in Greek) per octave.

These additional notes are obtained by cross-finger combinations so you can play numerous different scales, each with a unique feeling. Some of the possibilities are:

If you want to be announced when new scales are added you can subscribe to my seasonal newsletter. I also have a pdf-file available summarizing the above scales that can be used as a cheat sheet:



Finger diagrams used in the above scales are courtesy of Clint Goss at

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