What is “Drone” in the musical sense?

Drones are sounds of harmonic or monophonic effects, in which the note or chord sounds continuously creating an atmosphere of resonance with the flute as long as it is propagated in harmonic tones with the fundamental note that will be played on the flute. A drone effect can be achieved through a sustained sound or through the repetition of a note. Most often it establishes a tonality upon which the rest of the piece is built. A drone can be instrumental, vocal, or both. The drone (both instrumental and vocal) can be placed in different ranges of the polyphonic texture: in the lowest part, in the highest part or in the middle. The drone is most often placed over the tonic or dominant. The tonic or root note of the native flute is usually the tuning key (root note), so if for example you play a flute tuned in A (A), you can choose a drone in the key of A (A). It is also important to choose the drone in the same tuning frequency as your flute, we are currently producing drones tuned in A 440 hz and A 432 hz.

There are double or triple flutes that have a tube with the function of a drone, there are instruments that also perform this function, such as the bagpipe, the shruti box, the tampura, the harmonium, etc…In India, these instruments are very common to be used to sustain and structure the overall tuning base to create a resonant atmosphere for singers and flutists.

I'm creating drones and periodically adding them to our playlists so you can enjoy this magic, play, play, sing, mantra spontaneously and use them without limit for free. But as described above, if you are going to test a drone with a flute, remember to choose the playlist that corresponds to the tuning frequency of your flute, being 432 or 440 hz, as well as the key note. For example if your flute is tuned in A (A) 440 hz – use the playlist that contains the information “A 440”, and so on, if you are going to play a flute whose flute tonic (key note of tuning) or tonic improvisation is C and the instrument is tuned to A 432 hz, choose the playlist that contains “C 432”.

The term Drone in music means musical bases, something like filling, an atmosphere or ideal environment to relax, meditate and create a musical improvisation with songs and flutes. You can play a flute using these bases, conduct a meditation, tell a story, do a sound healing session and holistic therapies, or all of this on a single looping base. A drone is a sustained tone, and playing or singing with a drone lets you hear and adjust against a continuous reference tone. Tuning a drone develops awareness of frequency relationships that can be transmitted harmonically, as it adds a harmonic element that enhances the musicality of the scale and passage work. As in many musical cultures, playing with a drone also provides a tonal atmosphere and a harmonic basis for improvisation.

Each tone carries an energy and the resonance of this vibration can be received and perceived in different ways for each person, to enjoy the sound quality, we recommend using a good headphone or good quality sound box. Try and observe what you feel when meditating on each of these vibrations, observe which sensation, emotion, feeling, mood and images you noticed, where in your body you felt resonance, reveal the geography of your inner tuning.

To play a flute with the drone, and feel the power of resonance, first find out what will be the tonic of your improvisation or the tuning of the instrument, in the title of the playlist and for each base, its predominant tone is described.

If you want to buy the album with high quality files to play in loop without having to be connected to the internet, we sell it here!

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