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What is the handflute?

The handflute is an instrument you make by putting your hands together (take a look at handflute on Wikipedia).  You can always play it wherever you are since you don't need anything else than your hands.

By making a chamber with your hands and blowing air between your thumbs, you will get a sound. If you make the area inside the hands smaller you will get higher pitch. You can also change the pitch by opening your hands. There are two types of techniques. The interlocked method and the cupped hand method.

There are many different names of the handflute. Some of them are handwhistling, hand ocarina and birdcall. Most handflute players don't know there is a name of it and even less a website. There are probably tens or hundreds million of people playing the handflute. This website only has 100-200 visitors a day though.

Handflute performing is not very common yet professionally but there are a few handflute players out there performing the instrument on a professional level. The best hand flute players can make advanced thing lite vibrato and have got a range over 2½ octaves. Combining it with other instruments works perfectly. You can see some of the good players in the "Handflute Marathon" video below. There are also a few videos in the Hall of Fame section with the greatest. If you want to learn how to play, watch the tutorials on the site.

HANDFLUTE MARATHON

HANDFLUTE IN MEDIA
VIDEOS
- Sally Cohn on America's Got Talent (2010)
- Gustav Hagner on Danish Talent (2008)
- Jef874 on a Chinese talent show (2014)
- Spencer Lancaster on XWIA (1998)
- Ben Brenner performing on The Tonight Show with David Letterman (1979)
- Ben Brenner with The Three Tendons at Jay Leno (2001)
- Ben Brenner on Don Polec's World (2001)
- Ben Brenner on Philly After Midnight (2001)

ARTICLES
- Everything you need to know about Handwhistling (March 18, 2015) NEW!
- For 30 years, Spencer Lancaster's fingers have played an instrumental role in his life (June 29, 2001)
- Whistling Peter Hassell demonstrating famous interlocking that has won him whistling fame (June 21, 1985)
- Whistling as a full-time career (June 20, 1985)
- The Plight of the "Hands" Soloist - To Toot or Not to Toot (March, 1978) NEW!
- 'Hand-made' music (January 27, 1976) NEW!
- Brenner touches crowd with handy performance (February 18, 1975) NEW!
- Ben Brenner holds music in his hands, literally (May 3, 1972)

LINKS
- Handwhistling
- The Art of Hand Cooing!
- Leonard Cohen Hand Whistling Compendium
- Mori Mitsuhiro's Twitter

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NEWS
21/03/15
Ben Brenner has been interviewed by MusicoGuia. Read the interview here.

Some of his old articles from the 70s have also been available under the article section.

NEW VIDEOS
Date: 21/03/15
Title: HandwhistlerBen- Old Wedding Ring- Hand Ocarina
Uploader: HandwhistlerBen

Date: 21/03/15
Title: HandwhistlerBen- Runaway- Hand Ocarina
Uploader: HandwhistlerBen


HALL OF FAME
In this section are some of the very best handflute players in the world featured. They show impressive technical skills and can play many types of music with impressive range and quality.

Title: HandwhistlerBen on Tonight Show- 1979- Part Two(hand ocarina)
Youtube: HandwhistlerBen
Real Name: Ben Brenner
Technique: Cupped Hand
Country: US

Title: hand flute & piano "CHILDHOOD"
Youtube: mitsuhiro mori
Real Name: mitsuhiro mori
Technique: Interlocked
Country: US

Title: The Barber of Seville
Youtube: Peter Hassell
Real Name: Peter Hassell
Technique: Interlocked
Country: US

Title: ~2010stardrop~handflute
Youtube: handmusic7
Real Name: Daichi Takayama
Technique: Interlocked
Country: US

Title: ハンドフルート「トルコ行進曲」2012.3.4
Youtube: chokushako03
Real Name: Takehal Sasaki
Technique: Interlocked
Country: US


TUTORIALS
Are you new to the handflute and want to learn? Look at the tutorials below to become a master.

Video tutorial English
Uploader: ViewDo
Technique: Cupped Hand

Video tutorial Japanese
Uploader: mitsuhiro mori
Technique: Interlocked

Video tutorial English
Uploader: Michael Cheng
Technique: Cupped Hand

Video tutorial English
Uploader: joiemoie
Technique: Interlocked

Video tutorial English
Uploader: joiemoie
Technique: Interlocked

Video tutorial French
Uploader: martin montagne
Technique: Cupped hand and Interlocked

How to Hand Whistle Picture tutorial English
Technique: Cupped Hand



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