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Bamboo Transverse Flutes [Erik the Flutemaker]

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Original price $ 65.00 - Original price $ 175.00
Original price $ 65.00
$ 175.00
$ 47.00 - $ 175.00
Current price $ 175.00
Type of Flute: Basketmaker

The bamboo flute is one of the oldest and simplest musical instruments in the world.  Most cultures of the world have some type of transverse flute (which simply means a flute blown across, a side-blown flute.) Because bamboo grows in most tropical and temperate climates of the world, many cultures use bamboo flutes as their primary wind instrument. Their ease and playability make them a natural choice for many looking to enter the musical arena.

These instruments are well-tuned to A440 standard pitch. Each has its own scale, with a minimum 1-octave range.


View the playlist on YouTube for individual sounds of these flutes.

The Basketmaker

This is a deep, mellow and mysterious side-blown flute that ranges between 27 to 35 inches long and is recommended for a large hand span. Key of Bb and sometimes A depending on the length of the bamboo.

A great tip for making the flute sound great: Start all closed go up and down the scale, keep the lower hand "peace sign fingers" together as if they were scotch-taped together. For a different scale and sound, keep the index fingers planted as you go up and down the flute.


The Brazilian Major 

This is a 16 inch concert-tuned G major flute, which also plays in A minor, E minor and C. This bamboo flute is a great tool for a musician and has a very pleasant medium voice that sounds great with guitars and keyboards. It is also a good fit for a medium to large-size hand. 


The Chinese

This 12.5 inch side-blown flute was born in Erik's shop after being asked by a theater professor to create a Chinese-sounding flute for a theatrical presentation. The created flute was so wonderful, that he started sharing it with his customers. We really like the brightness and expansiveness of this little flute! Key of C.


The Egyptian

This 20-22 inch flute is great for meditating, improvising and for dramatic effect in storytelling. The bamboo used to make this flute is quite rare because of the long, slender, node-less sections it requires.

The inspiration for this flute stems from the Egyptian Ney, which is a rim-blown flute that is very difficult to play. Guided by the Ney, Erik developed a sweet, ancient and poetic flute. Key of D.

The Oriental 

The 21.5 inch transverse Oriental flute is inspired by the end-blown Japanese Shakuhachi - a deep, rich, enchanting, meditative flute with a pentatonic scale. Key of D.


The Vivaldi Minor

A bamboo flute with gorgeous, rich tones. This flute seems to be great for creative folks who want to improvise and reminds me of the Renaissance times. 

This 15.5 inch harmonic minor flute carries a classical anointing that draws you into a dreamy place where composition and entertainment flow effortlessly. Key of G#.



Note on Quantity In Stock: We work hard to keep flutes in stock, however, sometimes there is a lot of demand for a certain flute. If the flute you want out of stock, please click here to add yourself to the waitlist. You'll be the first to be notified of these flutes coming back in stock! Thank you for your understanding!


Customer Reviews

Based on 5 reviews
Howard Smith
Erik’s Brazilian major

Erik the Flutemaker has a wonderful assortment of bamboo flutes in different keys that have opened a whole new world of flute playing for me. They are well made, well tuned and a lot of fun to play. I highly recommend them as a fun change of pace from the Native American flute. Jonny’s packaging was excellent and shipping was fast. I had the intact flute in my hands before I knew it.

Martin Kassalen
Love the Bamboo

Being a native style flute player for over 3 years I am not quite as adept on rim blown flutes, having an end blown basketmaker, and now this by Erik the Flutemaker, but oh do I do love this flute! I pick it up daily and practice getting the embouchure just right; This flute is in perfect tune through the Vivaldi minor scale, and once the muscle memory kicks in at the lips it doesn't take a lot of breath to make it sound; There is also a pleasant aroma of the bamboo that comes off of it; My main goal, however, is to get it to break into the upper octave, which I appear to be getting closer to doing each time; Thank you Mr Lipford for bringing these flutes to your store; I would not have thought to add this to my collection, but being on your mailing list gave me the nudge - Martin

Learning as I go!

I picked up the Oriental flute because it’s the same tuning as my Native American flute. I’m not good at blowing a transverse flute yet, but I’m getting the hang of it. Very pleased with the quality of this flute! Thx Johnny!

The Vivaldi Flute

I am so happy I picked up this Vivaldi flute it’s a lot of fun. I have been wanting to learn how to play a transverse flute and I think I picked the perfect flute for that. Thanks Johnny! This is the 3rd flute I have purchased from your website and you may have got yourself a repeat customer 😊.

Love this egyptian flute!

I ordered one of the egyptian flutes as soon as I saw them on YouTube. I LOVE the tone, scale and SMELL of this flute. Thank you so much Johnny for offering these! I didn't know about Erik until now.

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