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Fujara flute tuning and keys

What are the recommended Fujara flute's keys?

In Slovakia, standard Fujara flute tuning is key of G, 174 cm long Fujara flute. Therefore vast majority of Fujara bass flutes presented on are in key of G. However, besides the G key, two other lovely sounding fujara flute tunings are fully recommended.

Recomended fujara flute keys:

  • F key : 190 cm (75") long overtone contra-bass flute
    traditionaly played in mixolydian mode - c¹(C4) - c²(C5)
    • F# : 180 cm (71"), traditionaly played in mixolydian mode - c¹#(C4#) - c²#(C5#)
  • G key : 170 cm (67") long overtone bass flute (standard)
    traditionaly played in mixolydian mode d¹#(D4#) - d²#(D5#)
    • G# : 160 cm (63"), traditionaly played in mixolydian mode d¹(D4) - d²(D5)
  • A key : 150 cm (60") long overtone bass flute
    traditionaly played in mixolydian mode e¹(E4) - e²(E5)
    • Bb : 144 cm (57"), traditionaly played in mixolydian mode f¹(F4) - f²(F5)
    These recommended Fujara keys preserve the Fujara characteristic harmonic cms the best.

Is there any relation between Fujara flute keys and price?

Yes, the longer and thus bassier the Fujara overtone flute is, the more expensive it is. And the price goes up rather steep and vice versa. Furthermore, the wood for F key fujara flutes (190cm/75") made from one piece of wood is very rare so these fujara flutes are are hard to find and usually very expencive.

What are the Fujara flute keys?

Fujara overtone flute can be tuned to many different keys. Though, while the Fujara is mainly an overtone flute, only few Fujara flute keys are traditional and represent the "true" fujara sound.
The basic/fundamental tone of Fujara overtone flute is determined by ist lenght.
The table is starting with lower keys and longer Fujaras down to higher pitched Fujaras with smaller and thinner main pipes.

Key Lenght of the main pipe - cm, (inch) Notes
D 225 cm (90") Extremely rare and thus very expencive deep bass (contrabass) flute. Very deep sound but clumsy to play. Recommended for meditation playing only.
E 200 cm (80") Extremely rare and expencive deep bass (contrabass) flute, demanding on manufacture and playing technique. Very deep sound but a bit clumsy to play
F 190 cm (75") Rare, deeper sounding and easy to play bass (contrabass) flute, though a bit expencive. Recommended tuning.
(F# available upon request)
G 170 cm (67") Most common Fujara flute tuning in Slovakia. Overtone rich bass flute. Fine to play! Highly recommended tuning.
(G# available upon request)
A 150 cm (59") Cheaper but still very attractive fujara sound. Easy to play and hold. Recommended tuning.
(Bb available upon request)
H 140 cm (55") Cheaper, though still nice warm Fujara flute sound. Recommended as entry level music instrument to learn fujara playing technique.
C 125 cm (49") Cheaper, still nice Fujara flute sound. Recommended key as entry level music instrument.

Other Fujara tunings:

D 115 cm (45") Very cheap option for those who do not want to spend much money for a lower pitched music instrument and would like to try out first. After some time, upgrading to lower piched, bassier fujara flute tuning is recomended. The sound lacks much of original fujara overtone richness.
E 105 cm (40")
F 95 cm (38")
G 85 cm (34")

For even smaller sizes think better of koncovka (Slovak overtone flute, read kontsovka), or whistle.

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