How to Play a Plastic Nose Flute

by R. Lynne

Patented in 1925, the nose flute is a small, plastic musical toy. Long popular with kids, this inexpensive novelty wind instrument comes in a variety of colors. Today, adults are discovering how much fun it is to make music just by blowing through your nose. Master a few simple techniques, and you’ll be playing the nose flute in no time.

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Step 1

Place the small end of the nose flute under your nose and the large end over your mouth. Adjust it until it's comfortable.

Step 2

Press the flute against your nose and mouth. Make sure you have a tight seal. You don’t want air leaking around the edges.

Step 3

Take a deep breath and gently blow out through your nose while keeping your mouth open. It’s a bit like blowing across the top of a bottle. Your mouth acts as a resonating chamber, or soundboard.

Step 4

Change the tone by moving your tongue and mouth. For example, if you draw your tongue back, the tone drops; if you bring your tongue forward, the tone rises. To spice it up, rub your finger across the open hole in the lower half of the flute to create a vibrato tone.

Step 5

Vary your breaths to play tunes. You can play simple tunes like “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” or complex tunes like Mozart’s “Night Music.” The range of music you can play is limited only by your imagination.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you mess up, just start over. Chances are no one is going to notice.
  • Don't share your nose flute because you don't want to share your germs with others.

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