About Our Flutes

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

Exotic & Local - Hardwoods & Softwoods

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.

Flute Types

Single Chamber-Drones-Contrabass

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.

Single Chamber Flute

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Drone Flutes

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.

Double Drones

Standard Double Drone Flutes

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Alternating Drones

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Harmony Drones

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Triple Drones

Triple Drone Flutes

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Bass & Contrabass

Bass & Contrabass

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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 & Specialty Scales

Scales

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.

NAF Minor

The NAF minor is the tuning that most Native American Flutes in general come with. It is a minor pentatonic with the option of playing a flat sixth. The pentatonic scale is ancient. It predates Pythagoras, the Babylonians and virtually every other culture all the way back to early bird bone flutes.

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Major

The Major scale(Do, Re, Mi) is the most recognizable of all the scales we use world wide. You have been hearing it from the moment you were born, it plays a part in our lives without you even knowing it. Happy, bright, airy and content, are words to describe this scale.

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North American Indigenous (NAI)

This scale was played by the indigenous people of the Great Plains. It consists of six notes and has a distinct sound. It can modulate between a more contemplative melancholy sound and a bold, adventurous song.

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Aeolian

The name Aeolian was originally derived from the inhabitants of Aeolis. This area is the Aeolian Islands and the adjacent coastal district of Asia Minor. This musical mode was used by the ancient Greeks. This adds two notes to the pentatonic minor ( the 2nd and 6th scale degrees). It is referred to in western music as the natural minor scale.

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Anasazi

The Anasazi scale originally comes from 7th century flutes that were discovered in Northeastern Arizona. These flutes are the oldest known wooden flutes to be discovered in North America. The cave in which they were found is now referred to as Broken Flute Cave. Similar to NAI, this scale can have a soulful, meditative feel, or a more uplifting, major scale sound.

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Arabian

What we call the Arabian or Hijaz scale comes from the middle east. The "Maqam"  is called Hijaz Nahawand. It is an exquisite scale that gives the mysterious sound of a snake charmer. It has a darker earth energy sound, that can really bring a person inward, for healing and energy transformation. Be aware that this flutes will have the farthest finger spread between the bottom two notes of any other flute scale.

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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.