That’s all the holes the flute has . . . four. It is the longest flute in the picture, on the far left, expertly crafted by Michael Graham Allen, (one half of the duo, Coyote Oldman). He was the catalyst for the resurgence of this instrument 20+ years ago, and is a player of great skill and passion [http://coyoteoldman.com/pages/about]
It is meticulously based on the length and dimensions of flute artifacts found in the four corners region of the American Southwest. This same style of flute has been in continuous use for thousands of years. The sound is haunting, and woody, and amazing – once you can get a sound out of it, that is.
Unlike “fipple” flutes and whistles, where you can simply blow into a hole and a sound will be produced, rim-blown flutes such as these require that you develop an embouchure, or there will be no sound. It’s just a hollow tube, and you have to bring the tone out of it. It isn’t really built-in, you have to create it.
Four lousy holes – that’s it. Mine is in the key of “G,” (I also have a six-hole G#). You have the low-range, (which REALLY requires some breath control to master), and an octave above it. And I suppose with some fancy cross-fingering, there are some other notes that can be coaxed out of it, too.
What amazes me is the absolutely stunning melodies, tones, and chirps that can be produced with just those four holes. When the soul is in tune with the flute, and the Spirit of the flute is present, there is no aspect of human experience that cannot be expressed. This beautiful, sincere piece of wood is a testament to the power of simplicity. The best and most profound things are always simple – there is great genius in simplicity.
This fact applies to every aspect of your life. Reduce . . . keep it simple . . . and you will behold the beauty.
Many Blessings To All…