Here is a favorite instrument of ours, the Abuelo Flute, a bamboo overtone flute made by the family Peruvian Master of Sound, Tito La Rosa. The Abuelo flute is known as the Grandfather flute or the flute of the ancestors. When playing this flute ceremonially, it can be used to activate different centers of the body and bring you into balance on many levels. Playing the bamboo overtone flute requires very little technical skill and is very easy to play. You can achieve different tones by the amount of air pressure you blow into the flute. This flute always stands out and will become one of your favorites to play, too.
The Bamboo Overtone Flute comes in the keys of A, F, and D.
Flute of the Ancestors (Abuelo Flute) by La Rosa Flutes
The Flute of the Ancestors, also known as the Abuelo Flute, is a traditional Andean-style bamboo overtone flute made by La Rosa Flutes, the company founded by master Andean flute player Tito La Rosa. Description for this instrument given by its designer, Tito La Rosa:
“The Flute of the Ancestors gives you strength to elevate yourself. It is not simply a flute; it is a staff of power. It can accompany your dance, remind you of your origins and also make sound. It’s characteristic is to produce harmonics over a fundamental sound. Over this fundamental sound it creates harmonics upward, but it always returns to the mother sound [the tonic] which is found in the middle, below and also above. There may be 5, 6 or occasionally 7 harmonics. This is called the Flute of the Grandfathers because it is played by the elder people of the community. It is a masculine instrument, different from the mama quena [another flute made by La Rosa Flutes and coming soon to Didge Project] which corresponds to the feminine. This works more on your masculine lineage, your roots and that to which you pertain. Its nature is to connect you to your ancestors.”
Watch the full abuelo flute demo and review by Didge Project’s Jerry Walsh
Watch video of Tito La Rosa explaining and playing the abuelo flute (video in Spanish, skip to 04:16 to hear him play):
Watch video of Jerry Walsh using the abuelo flute in his live loop station set:
The abuelo flute has no finger holes and the variations in tone are created by the force of the breath.
Backorders take 3-6 weeks
Approximate dimensions (subject to slight variation) of the Flute of the Ancestors:
- Key of D: 49″ length, 1.5″ diameter
- Key of F: 42″ length, 1.5″ diameter
- Key of A: 38” length, 1.3” diameter
Backorders take 3-6 week
The Abuelo Flute was featured in our video “Ten Musical Instruments You Should Know”:
D, F, A
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