The Mourning Snake


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This flute is made of Sapele with a walnut block, and plays in Eb4; it is adorned with a snake observing the player.

Flutes tuned to Eb are traditionally used as “Ghost Flutes” and are played primarily in funeral celebrations and in mourning. They are also played to honour the Dead in other situations.

Due to the hole placements you will need long fingers to play this flute; but when you do the tone is rich, deep and soulful – the perfect sound for this purpose.

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You can hear a sample played on this flute below.