A nose flute is a windpipe instrument usually made of bamboo that is blown using the nose instead of the mouth. It is a popular instrument played in Africa, China, India, Polynesia, and the Pacific Rim countries.
Types of Nose Flutes
Kinds of Nose Flutes include the following:
Hawaiian nose flute
The Hawaiian nose flute is called the “Ohe Hano Ihu,” which literally means “bamboo flute of the nose.”
It has sharp-edged holes that split the air stream into two fluctuating streams.
This action makes it vibrate and produce sound.
Tonga nose flute
The Tonga flute is also called the “Fangufangu” nose flute.
It is made with intact node walls on both ends of the bamboo tube.
The nostril hole is on the side and in front of the nodes.
A vent hole is located in the middle of the tube.
Philippine nose flute
The Philippine nose flute is also called the “pitung eelong” or “Kalelong.”
It is played using the extreme forward edge of the nostril.
It is a long tube with a narrow internal diameter.
It can play different harmonics through overblowing.
New Zealand nose flute
The New Zealand nose flute is also called the Māori.
It is carved from a soft stone similar to soapstone.
The nose hole is a cut with a small diameter.
Side finger holes are drilled into the bowl of the gourd.
Choosing Nose Flutes (Buying tips)
Sound: Choose a nose flute that produces quality sound even with little force for lesser strain.
Holes: Choose a nose flute with more holes for producing a wider range of sounds.