This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Feb 6, 2012

The Tachibana's nose flute webpage

Hiroshi Tachibana, japanese Shakuhachi (尺八) player and reader of our blog, has created a nose flute section on his website, primarily dedicated to the bamboo flute. The page, very interesting — and certainly much more for someone able to read the Japanese... – displays two decorated Bocarinas at its top.

The page exposes a presentation of the nose flute as an instrument, but above all, the researches and experiments driven by Mister Tachibana. He notably explored how the sound evolves while partly masking the mouth window of a Humanatone (As earlier done on this page, but here with a very systematic and scientific approach)

Another interesting topic is the explanation of how to play a nose flute... without the nose!


In Japanese, the original Hiroshi Tachibana's nose flute page.

And here is a Google automatic translation of the page.

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  1. Thank you!
    I've added the contents "You can blow the Bocarina in the paper mask.". enjoy!

  2. Hello Hiroshi,

    You're welcome. Your page is very interesting.