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.

May 29, 2016

How to craft a wooden nose flute

Hegner GmbH is a German company based in Villingen-Schwenningen (Baden-Württemberg) which produces precision machines for woodwork. To help selling their products, "Hegner TV" regularly publishes videos in which Gerhard Fleig, a cool senior demonstrates how to build this or that, using the Hegner machines. Here is the very interesting last video released, showing how to build a Nasenflöte.

It is funny to notice a poem by the carpenter Gerhard Fleig, added in the video 'description' on the YT channel:

Gebrauchsanweisung zur Nasenflöte

Ein mancher hat gewisse Nöte,
bis er seiner Nasenflöte
einen guten Ton entlockt,
denn anfangs scheint sie wie verstockt.

Geduld heißt deshalb die Dewise,
auf dass die Nasenluft stets fliesse
in das Loch durch’s Labium,
ansonsten bleibt die Flöte stumm.

Damit der Ton klanglich auch rund,
formt man diesen mit dem Mund,
der sich an das Holz anschmiegt,
weil man sonst kein Ton rauskriegt.

Um den Ton gut zu gestalten
und Intervalle zu entfalten,
braucht’s das Zwerchfell und die Lunge
und ein wenig auch die Zunge.

Nur Mut, bleib dran und du wirst sehen,
nach einer Weile wird es gehen.
Und nun viel Spass beim Einstudieren
zum Nasenflöten - Musizieren.

geschrieben von G. Fleig
          Instructions for Nose Flute

One may have trouble,
until his nose flute
a good sound elicits,
because at first it seems like obdurate.

Therefore patience is the motto,
so that the nose breath may always flow
in the hole by the labium,
otherwise the flute remains silent.

Thus a pleasant and round sound
can be made with the mouth,
which huddles against the wood,
because otherwise no sound gets out.

To make a sound good
and develop intervals,
one needs the diaphragm and the lungs
and a bit of the tongue.

Cheer up, stay tuned and you'll see,
after a while it will go right.
And now have fun rehearsing
with nose flutes - making music.

written by G. Fleig

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