Here at Singing Tree Flutes we not only offer traditional Native American style flutes, but we are perpetually innovating in regards to the scales we incorporate, the woods we use and the different flute types and decoration that we create. We thoroughly enjoy creatively expanding our flutes to new heights.
We understand that browsing our website can be overwhelming to those who are new to us and Native American style flutes in general.
We hope this page will make it easier for you to make a well informed decision when ordering your flutes.
The wood we use
Historically, cedar has been an important wood for the construction of Native American style flutes. Today we see flutes being built with many different soft and hardwoods, as flute makers continue to innovate and explore.
At STF we try to be as environmentally friendly as possible with the wood that we use in our flutes. That means, we have stopped buying wood that is on endangered hardwood lists and we veer away from woods that are being unsustainably harvested.
Luckily for us, we live in a part of the country that gives us access to many fine hard and softwoods. One of the places we get our wood is Sustainable NW Wood. They offer sustainably harvested wood, along with reclaimed wood. These include juniper, myrtle, figured walnut, maple, madrone and cedar, among others.
We also offer non-local hardwoods, which we have verified are not endangered, and have programs in place for reforestation. We strive to use "reclaimed" wood whenever possible, as well. Canary wood, limba, purple heart, paduk, zircote, koa and bocote are some of the exotic hardwoods we work with. We have since stopped working with Gabon and Ebony (aside from reclaimed), because of its endangered status.
We also love to work with American hardwoods like cherry, walnut and maple. Especially figured woods whenever possible!
Cedar of course is a mainstay for us, western cedar, aromatic cedar and Alaskan cedar, but we offer other softwoods including juniper, and the occasional fir, redwood or pine.
Our flutes come in several different types. There are many different ways a flute can be constructed, to produce a variety of different tones, pitches and chords. The standard Native American style flute is just the tip of the iceberg, when it comes to Singing Tree Flute creations. Here is what we currently offer.
These flutes come with multiple chambers. Our Double Drone comes with two chambers and our Triple Drone comes with three. These flutes are polyphonic, meaning they can play more than one note at a time. The double can play two notes at a time, and the triple can play three. They have a mesmerizing sound and are often used for meditation, sound healing or other ceremonial practices.
Standard Double Drone Flutes
These flutes have one chamber that is the drone ( one note ) and another chamber that plays the full scale. The drone plays the fundamental note of the key your flute is in, (lowest note of the flute).
These flutes have one chamber with a scale and the other chamber with one or two playing holes that can change the note of that chamber to the 5th or 4th scale degree. This is the next level up on our drones as it offers more options than the Standard Double Drone. This flute will take more time to master as it has a more complex harmonic structure.
These flutes have two different key scales on either chamber that will harmonize with each other. They often have one side that is shorter than the other. There are typically 3-4 notes on each side that all harmonize with the other, creating chord like melodies. This is actually a very simplistic flute that creates a sweet, meditative tone
Bass & Contrabass
Bass & Contrabass
These flutes have low resonant keys, that are big and bassy. They are sometimes so large, (up to 4 feet), that they have a back-blown mouthpiece and customized fingering. They can be single or double chambered.
We are always innovating and working on crazy new combinations of flute types. These flutes expand even more possibilities than what is described above. These can be found on our YouTube channel and by browsing our website! Our flutes can be made in different scales. Look below to see descriptions of the most common flute scales we use.
The scales we use
NAF minor (Standard Native American Flute) is the most popular and most common scale that you will find with Native American Flutes. At Singing Tree Flutes we are constantly expanding our repertoire. If you are interested in learning more about NAF minor, or if you are searching for something different, take a look at the scales we use on our flutes below.
High Range - A5 to D5
Mid Range - F4 to G4
Low Range - Bb4 to E4
Contra bass - D3 to A4
440Hz or 432Hz?
There is a hot debate going on right now between the classic 440Hz, which everyone has been hearing for decades, and the new "sound healing" vibration of 432Hz. Find out which tuning is best suited for you, by clicking the button below.