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Author:  Zebra [ Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:26 pm ]
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I recently acquired a wooden overtone flute, and was desperately looking for info on traditional tunes of the seljefloyt or for koncovka, etc.
I was looking for inspiration on how to play an overtone flute or some kind of beginners guide...
I found helpful videos on youtube and a book by Jean Pierre Yvert "Spela sälgflöjt", which seems to be the only book on playing overtone flutes, he also seems to have collected some scandinavian tunes, which come on a cd.

Does anyone know a good site on playing overtone flutes or some interesting youtube videos in this respect?
Does anyone have the book+cd "Spela sälgflöjt" by Yvert and would like to trade?

I could offer a tin whistle for trading, which I bought in a music store several years ago.
It´s made of brass, tuned in the key of D, 29.5 cm long and has the letters "KWL" engraved at the end.
I hope it´s ok to post it in this forum, I didn´t want to start a new thread.
Some pictures:




(Sorry for bad english)

Author:  Zebra [ Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:31 am ]
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I couldn´t find some good instruction, but here are some nice tunes I found on youtube:

Author:  Zebra [ Thu Apr 28, 2016 12:00 pm ]
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I finally got my overtone flute, and I realized that I have to practice A LOT to sound like this ^^:

Midsummer celebratory tune:

Improvisation on sallow flute: ... ls-og-pols

Seljefløyte and percussion ... ls-go-shoe

Scandinavian Folk Jazz and a bit seljefloyte ... kutaq-2010


Author:  maki [ Thu Apr 28, 2016 5:44 pm ]
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This is a makers site, but he has a technique page.

Author:  Zebra [ Fri Apr 29, 2016 1:55 pm ]
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Many thanks maki, for posting this link.
Max Brumberg has indeed a good short video on youtube on basic playing techniques and it seems to be the only video on how to play overtone flute.
I found it useful for getting started with the overtone flute.

In the meanwhile, it seems possible to get hold of a copy of Yvert´s book, I´m curious about it.

Another question:
Does anyone know another seljefloyt maker/seller, preferably in Europe, who is selling willow flutes, that are not too expensive?

I´ve got my overtone flute from Marek Gonda (
There is Max Brumberg, who also seems to be a reliable maker and who was already mentioned above by maki.
And I found the sites Fredmans Musik ( and Naturinstrumenter ( - which I would take into account - in another thread (viewtopic.php?f=20&t=54300&p=707213&hilit=willow+flute#p707213).

Author:  Tunborough [ Fri Apr 29, 2016 4:52 pm ]
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On the subject of willow flutes, Alison Melville,, reports, "I own four, in different keys - three by Ånon Egeland, and one by Magnar Storbekken." She doesn't give any reviews of the individual flutes, but I can attest she is a seasoned professional with high standards for her woodwinds.

Author:  Zebra [ Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:06 am ]
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Interesting, thanks :)
Then Magnar Storbekken and Naturinstrumenter seems not to be a bad choice.
Unfortunatly I couldn´t find any information on buying Ånon Egeland´s flutes, but I will try to contact Alison Melville via e-mail.
Thank you for this information!

Author:  Zebra [ Tue May 03, 2016 9:51 am ]
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In case that someone passes by, who considers to buy this book, I´m writing down the contents of "Spela Sälgflöjt":


Why this book? p.3-3
What is a willow flute? 3-3
A little lesson in the science of sound 4-5
The natural laws concerning musical intervals 6-6
How does a willow flute work? 7-8
Blowing the flute 9-10
Playing technique 10-11
Practising 11-12

This is followed by a section for the exercises and notes for the tunes, which are on the cd.

Still looking for more info on overtone flutes...

Author:  Jim B. [ Wed May 11, 2016 11:53 am ]
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Bob Rychlik has several great videos on YouTube, including an hour-long presentation at the Library of Congress. He is teaching a class on overtone flutes this July in Westminster, Maryland. I'll be taking that class. There is also an upcoming class in Europe, I believe in Slovakia. Bob is working on an English language instruction book on overtone flutes. He has always been helpful to me when I've asked him questions.

Author:  I.D.10-t [ Tue Aug 09, 2016 3:47 pm ]
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Hope this helps.
I don't stop by as often. Sorry about the delay

Author:  Maxbrumbergflutes [ Thu Jul 26, 2018 2:51 pm ]
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[Thread revival. - Mod]

There has been some great news for the friends of the overtone flute!
A customer of me released a website with tons of material for learning to play the overtone flute.
Notations, and recordings of many different melodies for all classes of players

Check out Janne’s website:

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