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Make your own bamboo flute

Experience hosted by John

3 hoursHosted in English
Committed to safety
This host committed to Airbnb’s COVID-19 safety guidelines.
Up to 5 people
Includes food, drinks, and equipment

What you'll do

In a leafy garden in Pietermaritzburg, we will begin by looking at and listening to several different flutes from around the world. You'll learn about different ways that flutes make sound, and different ways flutes are used in different cultures around the world. There'll be an opportunity for you to try playing different flutes if you'd like to. Then we'll take a look at different kinds of bamboo, and see what kinds are more suitable for flute-making. After this introduction, I'll demonstrate how to make a flute, from a piece of raw bamboo tube to a finished instrument. After that, I will help you choose a piece of bamboo, decide on a flute style and tuning that suits you, and coach you through the process of making your own flute, which will be designed to suit your hands and fingers. There'll be time after this to learn the basics of how to make sound with your flute and to start playing it.
Other things to note
We'll be in a private garden with a friendly dog. The process includes working with your hands, using power tools. There are open flames, and smoke is generated. Safety precautions will be taken.
In a leafy garden in Pietermaritzburg, we will begin by looking at and listening to several different flutes from around the world. You'll learn about different ways that flutes make sound, and different ways flutes are used in different cultures around the world. There'll be an opportunity for you to try playing different flutes if you'd like to. Then we'll take a look at different kinds of bamboo, and see what kinds are more suitable for flute-…

What's included

  • Food
    A simple home-made snack, probably a rusk or two (wheat). Please let us kno...
  • Drinks
    Tea and coffee, likely to include a range of interesting teas, as I am real...
  • Equipment
    I'll provide all the equipment and materials needed for you to make your ow...

Meet your host, John

Host on Airbnb since 2019
  • 1 Review
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Hi. I'm John Roff. I live in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. I have a wide range of interests and passions, including world music and musical instruments. I play instruments from all over the world, and have, for the last 15 years, been making and playing various kinds of bamboo flutes, primarily simple 6-hole side-blown flutes based on the Bansuri, as well as simple Shakuhachi flutes. Between 2006 and 2018, as a high school educator, I taught many students how to make, and start to play, these simple flutes. I have now been teaching this skill for 14 years, and have probably made over a hundred flutes.

I love sharing this skill with people because it combines my love of nature, music, and educating. It is wonderful to see people learning a new skill that will bring joy to themselves and to others in the future.
Hi. I'm John Roff. I live in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. I have a wide range of interests and passions, including world music and musical instruments. I play instruments from all over the world, and have, for the last 15 years, been making and playing various kinds of bamboo flutes, primarily simple 6-hole side-blown flutes based on the Bansuri, as well as simple Shakuhachi flutes. Between 2006 and 2018, as a high school educator, I taught many students how to make, and start to play, thes…
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Where you'll be

The workshop will take place in our large, biodiverse and rambling garden in Pietermaritzburg, in the green and leafy suburb of Boughton. We'll have some tea and coffee, and there'll be time to stroll in the garden.
Kim
July 2019
A very special time out of the hustle and bustle to experience the mystery of flute music being made tangible and accessible regardless of one's musicality. I went home wanting to know more and drawn to picking up my new flute to try and master another note each time I walked past it. John's gentle passion is a tonic to the soul.
A very special time out of the hustle and bustle to experience the mystery of flute music being made tangible and accessible regardless of one's musicality. I went home wanting to…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Government ID

You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.

Guest requirements

Up to 5 guests ages 12 and up can attend.