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Numbering the Holes on a Native American Flute    Intermediate

It is sometimes useful to number the holes on a Native American flute. Depending on whether you are talking to a flute player or a flute maker, they are numbered differently:

 

Numbering the holes on a Native American flute

 

Why this difference?

  • When a flute maker works on the finger holes of the flute to tune them, they begin with the holes nearest the foot end of the flute. So “flute maker hole #1” is at the foot end of the flute.
  • Flute players looking down at their fingers see “flute player hole #1” first.

On this web site, which deals a bit more with flute playing than flute crafting, we use the Flute Player Numbering convention.

 

 
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