What is a drone flute?

Two Western red cedar Stellar Dorone flutes.

A drone flute, also called a “double” or “duel” flute, is basically two flutes which are connected. The end of a Stellar Drone flute showing the two bores that are side by side. The idea is that one side plays like a normal flute while the other side harmonizes with a single “drone” note. Some of our drones come with more than one “drone” note to make them more versatile.

Is a drone flute right for me?

Drone flutes are a little more challenging to play because they are wider than our Standard and Basic flutes and they take a little bit more breath. I would usually suggest that people start with a regular flute and advance on to a drone after they are comfortable playing the pentatonic scale. I would recommend starting with a drone in the key of A or G as these are a little smaller and easier to play. My personal favorite key for drones is the key of A.

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