End-Blown Flutes

End-blown flutes, sometimes called open flutes are unlike other flutes because they have no sound holes.  A length of bamboo with both ends open serve as the instrument.  Sometimes, a thin crack runs alongside on side terminating just before the other end.  Pitches are produced by running the hand up and down the length of the crack.  For open flutes without any cracks, the player cups his mouth over one end while blowing air.


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