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.

Apr 26, 2012

Enhance your flute - Part III : The Bocarina

Well... this is almost a joke. Nothing to do to improve the sound quality on a Bocarina since it has been so well designed. You may prefer a wooden nose flute, or an instrument priorly dedicated to very sharp tones, but in its range, everybody agree to declare that the South African nose flute is at the top.

So? So, in this case "enhancing" means "pimping"! You may want to customize your Bocarina, to get a new color, and so.

Here is a example of custom "Boc" I especially made for the Ukoliv Concert, and particularly to play my "great success" (!!) I Like Bananas.
I used a blue Bocarina, sprayed it with golden painting, then worked it with lemon oil, and then sprayed it again with a glossy varnish that interacted (melt) the painting layer. Finally, I used talcum powder to lessen the glossy look. I got a bronze nose flute!
(the only trick is to be careful to spray as few as possible on the labium, not to deteriorate the sound quality)


On the same topic, please visit :

- Enhance your flute - Part I : The Humanatone
- Enhance your flute - Part II : The Swan flute


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