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The Native American flute is, like a European recorder, a fipple flute. A fipple mouthpiece has a block that forms the floor of the windway, so a fipple flute is simply a flute that is played from the top instead of the side. Almost every culture in the world has simple one chamber fipple flutes. The Native American flute, however, is not one chamber. Its tube is divided into two sections by a wall or stop. Breath from the player enters the first section, the high pressure wind chamber. From there the air is forced through a flue between the stop and the ornamental block. As it exits the flue it crosses a small, usually square, hole. The far side of this hole is called the fipple. When the air stream hits the Fipple, it is split in two, which causes it to vibrate. This vibrating column of air then enters the second section of the tube, the Sound Chamber. The player, by covering and uncovering the Tone or Finger Holes in the Sound Chamber, controls the length of the tube, which determines the pitch that is played. Most modern Native American flutes are tuned to a specific pentatonic minor key and can only play the notes in that key. To play in another key you need another flute. Native American flutes come in many lengths and bore sizes. They are made of different woods but cedar is the most common..

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