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.

Jun 27, 2016

Jean Shepherd and the Nose Flute - Part IV

This post is the sequel of Jean Shepherd and the Nose Flute - Part III


6.- Stories

This last section is the most interesting, also the most moving, because the samples generally directly involve Jean Shepherd's story himself, but also sometimes other people, other times, other places.

The first one is almost out of topic. It's a small quizz:


The first of those two clips is very long (30') and is a large part of a broadcasting called 'Jew's harp and Nose flutes'. Both tell the Shep's story with nose flutes and Jew"s harps:


This is long (10') clip, about getting scary by playing the cuckoo... But I'm not 100% sure the sounds were made with a nose flute... (with reverb!)



In 1965, Jean Shepherd went to Amazon (Peru side) and met native tribes. He had brought a kazoo, a Jew's harp and a nose flute with him...

The first clip is part of a radio show (09/16), the second one too (09/17), but the excerpt was recorded in Peru, and the last one is a part of a public conference (09/18). They are great archives...





For having promoted the nose flute in many of his radio shows, played and taught our noble instrument to people of Amazon, Jean Shepherd is inducted to the Nose Flute Hall of Fame, in the "Promoters" section, with the Honorary Degree!

Related links :

- Jean Shepherd and the Nose Flute - Part I
- Jean Shepherd and the Nose Flute - Part II
- Jean Shepherd and the Nose Flute - Part III
- Jean Shepherd and the Nose Flute - Part IV



  1. I love the half-hour section, what a fabulous side show! The way it starts with his nose flute playing along some dodgy old song.... The story about how kids had to be able to play the kazoo and the nose flute in order to be socially accepted.. :-) Those were the days.... So natural. Gems.

    1. Hello Maikel! Yes, these archives are really cool... and from another time

  2. This has been a great series of posts. I have very much enjoyed it.

    I can see it most have been a lot of work on your part, and I really appreciate your effort.


    1. Hello Don Luis! Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed these archives!