Posts by Tag: flute

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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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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Toneholes and Tradition

How a 40,000 year old flute leveled the playing field

Dave KobrenskiArticles, Anthropology Apr 7 2016

Sometime between 40,000 and 45,000 years ago, a group of early humans on a migration route out of Africa, along the corridor of the Danube River valley, carried with them a small but significant object: a flute. Carved from the bone of a griffon vulture, with…

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