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Kiawa Flute And Bamboo Penny whistles

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Bob Bolton 26 Aug 12 - 11:26 PM
Jack Campin 26 Aug 12 - 05:18 PM
GUEST,jill 26 Aug 12 - 01:18 PM
hesperis 12 Aug 01 - 10:09 PM
GUEST,.gargoyle 08 Aug 01 - 06:29 PM
JohnInKansas 08 Aug 01 - 05:32 PM
hesperis 07 Aug 01 - 05:18 PM
MMario 07 Aug 01 - 01:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Kiawa Flute And Bamboo Penny whistles
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 26 Aug 12 - 11:26 PM

G'day jill,

I have a number of quite good quality bamboo 'flutes' ... mainly Chinese traditional styles ... bought in and around Sydney (Australia)'s Chinatown. These are meant to be played with an additional resonator ... a thin bamboo membrane stretched over a hole, between the whistle mouthpiece and the fingering holes ... but it a rather Chinese intonation!

Obviously, almost anything that passes through the "tourist" circles will be made for appearance ... not orchestral excellence!

There are SouthAmerican groups ... some, around here in Sydney, NSW, Australia, that I've helped find sources for their Latin-American styles and they play some very strong music from their traditions!

Not all bamboo flutes are low-grade tourist rubbish.



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Subject: RE: Kiawa Flute And Bamboo Penny whistles
From: Jack Campin
Date: 26 Aug 12 - 05:18 PM

There are many different kinds of bamboo whistle from all over the world. Most of them are utter garbage but there's no reason why someone shouldn't make an absolutely first-rate one out of the material. Without knowing exactly which model by which maker you have in mind, we can't guess anything at all about what it'll be like.

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Subject: RE: Kiawa Flute And Bamboo Penny whistles
From: GUEST,jill
Date: 26 Aug 12 - 01:18 PM

Was wondering if anyone has played a bamboo whistle? Just bought one but it hasn't arrived yet; plus I'm brand new to the whistling hobby and got one just because it was cheap and different.

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Subject: RE: Kiawa Flute And Bamboo Penny whistles
From: hesperis
Date: 12 Aug 01 - 10:09 PM

I heard that with the end-blown flute, you need to aim the air so that it hits the far edge of the mouthpiece. Most of the air needs to go outside of the flute. Is the edge open like a panflute or more like a recorder mouthpiece? If there is a little v-shaped nick in the edge then you need to tilt the bottom of the flute further out in order to hit the right angle.

Place your bottom lip at the near edge, then pretend you are blowing into a glass bottle... slowly tilt the flute while keeping your mouth still, and the air flow in the angle. Eventually you will hit a place where it starts ringing. Then set that position into your body's memory.

Don't be too discouraged if you don't get it right away. A friend of mine from high school couldn't get a sound on the normal flute for two WEEKS while in class, and she later went on to be the preferred flute soloist for weddings in town.

The website looks great. I wish I had a good flute! My panflutes are awesome, but rather limited in terms of key. The only good set I have is in Am/C and it's not very many notes.

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Subject: RE: Kiawa Flute And Bamboo Penny whistles
From: GUEST,.gargoyle
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 06:29 PM

Excellent selection of styles - Powerfully inspirational story....well worth reading.

I only WISH his links to "LESSONS" was opperating.

Having just returned from South America, I picked up several instruments. All are fine - and exquisite craftsmanship. However, the end-blown Andean style, which Ericktheflutemaker identifies as troublesome to master on the ombudsure (sic)

Perhaps, you can post another link, to another site....describing "lessons." This particular flute has me baffled....

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Subject: RE: Kiawa Flute And Bamboo Penny whistles
From: JohnInKansas
Date: 08 Aug 01 - 05:32 PM

If you have an "authentic" Kiowa Love Flute, it is unlikely that you will be able to play much traditional (western) music on it, or play it much with other instruments.

The traditional love flutes are not tuned to any specific scale of notes - each "lover" creates his own unique "love song" to fit the notes that his own flute happens to play.

Look in the "International" section of one of the better record stores, and you should be able to find a couple of "native" musicians who perform some beautiful, if unconventional, flute music.


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Subject: RE: Kiawa Flute And Bamboo Penny whistles
From: hesperis
Date: 07 Aug 01 - 05:18 PM

Have a blue clicky:

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Subject: RE: Kiawa Flute And Bamboo Penny whistles
From: MMario
Date: 07 Aug 01 - 01:32 PM

whatever you like to hear on it. Various airs that sound good on babpipe would probably be a logical place to start since there is the drone...

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Subject: Kiawa Flute And Bamboo Blues Penny whistles
Date: 07 Aug 01 - 01:24 PM

Today is my birthday and I was just given a Kiawa Love Flute (this makes me a bit nervous as I was a guy who gave it to me, I wish to call it a just Kiawa Flute. We work at a Newspaper, I am a graphic artist, he a sales rep . He sells the space and I create concepts and themes and set the ads.)

The flute can be seen at the maker's website He also has bamboo pennywhistles including one he says has a "blues scale" I remember somebody posting about blues whistling. Can/t remember if it was here or at Chiff & Fipple On the Kiawa flute there are two tubes that extend out at an angle from a mouthpiece. The mouthpiece has two air pasages one to a straight tube that drones the other to a 5 holed tube where you play melody. I guess this is technically a whistle,is it not?

Cool whatever it is. So what kind of things should I play with it? Suggestions please.

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