Re: Tuning A Double Flute? 5 hole ?
- Thanx Don, Drone give better search results. Search feature is kinda
Way back in msg 86, Dusty you said: "There aren't any mistakes, just
learning experiences". I think I'm sufferin from reading
experiences. Everything I know about drones/doubles came from this
site and somehow I remember reading that when the two tubes were in
tune it sounded like a bee hive. I've read all posts on drones and
realize they should sound like one voice. I figured it was becuz I
had one mouth hole that the current flute had one voice. The last
drone I did I purposely tuned both the fundemental and the 5th to get
a fast beat and was a bit puzzled as to why I had to tune one side
about 50-60 cents out to get this sound. It that the famous wah wah
sound? 'tis funny if it is ;) Live and Learn!
For now let me forget about 6 holes, 8 hole or any other variation. I
want to make 3 holes one side and 2 holes other side per msg 343. I
can tune the lower holes, just not sure about the upper ones. Do I
move the holes south a little to tune them? Do I cut that side down
or put in a tuning hole and tune it the same as bottom 3 open? The
drone post seem to suggest this is the only way to tune upper 2 holes.
Dusty I wouldn't know what to do with a piano. If it doesn't have
notes on key I wouldn't know one key from another.
It took me weeks to get thru 5000 posts 2 yrs ago and I know I didn't
cut and paste everything from them. I will try and do so this time
and go further.
- 3 holes on one side is no sweat. The other side with just two upper
holes will work if you make a large (3rd) hole on the underside of
the drone. Or you make make a decorative "tuning slot" on the side or
the front. This can be tuned to any of the bottom three notes on the
right side. Even then, this configuration will not give you the
ability to play all of the cross fingered notes of a standard NA
flute. If will play most Native music well but with some limitations.
On the other hand you will get some different variations in the
available harmonics of the holes from a standard drone.
I've also made them with shorter pipes on the drone side.
As for the phasing you hear when you are 50 cents off the mark, well
that sound should happen even when you are just a few cents, 1 or 2,
off of the mark. After that you will get various degrees of phasing
(wah, wah) as you hit chords of harmonics. There are many. Depends on
your ear. Some sound good, others great, some just plain awful. Like
bagpipes, unless you LIKE bagpipes.