As opposed to the Hero flute is the basic style of flute that has come down over the centuries. The mouthpiece closely resembles that of an orchestral flute and, like it, requires considerable practice before a sound can be produced, let alone performed. However the Hero flute’s sound resembles more the sound of air being blown across the top of a bottle than it does the sound of a Western-style flute. It is this quality that gives the Hero flute its distinctive sound prized through the centuries and still loved today.
Made from the wind-blown bamboo on Japan's mountainsides, and shaped into an age-old instrument of dance and ritual.