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.

Oct 17, 2012

A ... Nazoo ?

Don Luis has just posted a new video in which he shows a new invention: a nose flute-kazoo. With a membrane placed on the front of the instrument, he can play it as a kazoo, by blowing with the mouth. And blown as a nose flute, what I propose Luis to name a Nazoo, produced the regular flutey sound. Haha! Great versatile invention!


  1. Great 2-in-1: much handier and far more direct than shifting between 2 instruments. It is a pretty natural combination to play both the kazoo and the nose flute, so fabulous work!

    Could a kazoo membrane be inserted in such a way that the noseflute also produces a fuzzy sound? I used to stick cigarette paper or strips from little plastic bags over the labium to create a 'Chinese' reedy tone. That would work for just a few minutes, so couldn't be used continuously.

  2. I think you can add a membrane to a recorder, flute, quena, whatever. And make a double instrument.

    I was hoping that I could get a reedy sound from the nose flute or hum with the nose. But no reedy sound and very low volume nose-humming.

    As for a name.

    Nazoo sounds fine.

    I thought of:

    Nasazoo.- Sounds like a collection of animals from outer space.

    Humanazoo.- Has the Word "hum" and prefix "na", but is a ripoff of humanatone.

    Nazobo.- I like this one. Zobo is an old name for a kazoo. See:

    I like the word Mirliton (another old name for a kazoo. See:, but could not find a suitable combination whith nose.