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Bamboo tones

All there is to know about Bamboo tones

About Bamboo tones

Bamboo tones are flute tones produced with different fingerings to get a different timbre. They sound like tones of a bamboo flute. The fingerings of quartertones/microtones can be used.

Flute Colors: having fun with extended techniques
to help flutists gain better control

Flute Colors: having fun with extended techniques
to help flutists gain better control

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Bamboo tones are written like regular notes with different fingerings. Mostly the alternative fingerings are written below the note like this:


This technique can be used on all flutes.



General:   Becomes more difficult:
This technique is easy to realize as a seperate technique.   If alternated with regular sound very quickly.


The fingerings that are to be used for playing bamboo tones are not very common for most flutists. Therefor please notate the fingering above the note in the score.


Composer: Title: Album: Publisher: Other techniques:
Gottsche-Niessner, Friedgund *1954 Nachtfaltergedanken Flute solo 3 Zimmermann
(ZM 34960)
Harmonics, Wind tones, Slap tongue
Offermans, Wil *1957 Drigo’s dream Flute, piano 3 Zimmermann
(ZM 34510)
Multiphonics, Harmonics, Wind tones, Sing & play, Keyclicks, Glissando/tonebending
Offermans, Wil *1957 Honami Flute solo 3 Zimmermann
(ZM 30730)
Whistle tones, Multiphonics, Wind tones, Sing & play, Flatterzunge
Offermans, Wil *1957 Studie no. 4: Bamboo tones For the contemporary flutist Flute solo 3 Zimmermann
(ZM 29700)
Wind tones
Offermans, Wil *1957 Working song 2 Flute Update Flute,
3 Walter Wretschitsch & Universität für Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien Harmonics, Sing &play
Offermans, Wil *1957 Just a short version 2 Flutes,
3 Zimmermann
(ZM 2988)
Multiphonics, Harmonics, Wind tones, Flatterzunge, Glissando/tonebending


Author: Title: Publisher: Other techniques:
Dick, Robert Tone development through extended techniques Multiple Breath Music Company Whistletones, Multiphonics, Harmonics, Sing & play