Posts by Category: Resources

Western vs Equidistant scales

Fula flute demonstration

Dave KobrenskiResources Jan 7

What is the difference between a “Western-tuned flute” and a “traditional flute? At the Kassa Flute Co, all of our custom flutes are available in either a “Western” scale or a “traditional/equidistant” scale. As you might expect, the Western scale is the same scale used on instruments like guitar, piano, bass, etc. The traditional scale is similar, but instead of using a series of whole and half steps, it uses a seven-note scale in which all notes are equally spaced. This results in the intervals being approximately 3/4 of a step. (For a more precise explanation, please see this blog post.) But just how different are these two scales? Today, I’m going to answer that question with side-by-side audio examples of each type of flute. Listen to the short clip below to hear the difference so you can decide on your next flute!

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Fula Flute Scales

Dave KobrenskiResources, Reference-Charts Sep 23 2019

Below are some charts to help you understand the scales that can be played on the different Fula flutes (also known as tambin). Each flute can play one complete diatonic scale. The flutes most commonly found (and the ones sold by Kassa Flute Co) are: A♭, G, G♭, and F. The A♭ flute is our smallest flute, with the F being the longest (and lowest). For more info on flutes available for purchase, please visit our shop here. Order a Flute

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2019 Model Fula-Flutes

from Kassa Flute Co.

Dave KobrenskiResources Mar 7 2019

The past year has been filled with lots of fine-tuning and experimentation, and we at the Kassa Flute Co. are pleased to say that our new line of Fulani-style West African flutes are here, and better than ever! We’ve made improvements to the embouchure design, the headstock contruction, the inner air column, and lots of other subtle changes — which all add up to amazing playability; sweet, warm tonal characteristics; vast improvements to upper register tuning; and lots more. And the new designs are just beautiful. Check out the current stock of ready-to-ship flutes, or special order your dream flute on our Shop page. Enjoy! Browse Flutes

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Frequencies & Wavelengths of Musical Notes

Reference Chart

Dave KobrenskiResources, Reference-Charts Mar 17 2015

Instrument builders and technicians often need to do calculations that require knowing the frequency and/or wavelength of certain notes. The following table shows the frequencies of all the notes of a standard piano, to a thousandth of a hertz. I generated this table using a script I wrote in PHP. I’ve also published the underlying PHP array as a Gist on GitHub, that is freely available for use in your own website or project. Get it here.

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PHP Array of Musical Frequencies

Musical Notes to Frequency Table

Dave KobrenskiResources, Reference-Charts Mar 16 2015

Recently, I came across the need to reference a chart of musical notes and their frequencies, for the purpose of calculating the wavelengths of certain notes, and realized there wasn’t a great tool out there to do this automatically. So, I created a multi-dimensional PHP array so that I could access this data, loop through it, and make whatever calculations I needed to. Below is the resulting Gist, and it is available to use freely in your own projects. I used this PHP array to generate a handy reference table of musical frequencies and wavelengths, available here. More info about the topic of Musical Frequencies at this Wikipedia entry.

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