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22 Amazing Types of Flute You Can Have Fun Playing, Their Sounds & Their Background 1. The Piccolo Type of Flute Size of The Piccolo Piccolos Materials Sound of the Piccolo Background info From Where 2. The Fife Type Sizes Materials Sound of the Fife Background Fife Info From Where Does The Fife Come 3. The Concert Flute Type of Instrument Sizes Materials Sound Background For The Concert Flute From Where 4. The Alto Flute Type of Flute The Size of the Alto Flute The Flute Materials For Alto Concert Flutes Sound Background info From Where 5. Bass Flute Type of Bass Flutes Size of the Bass Flute Materials Used in the Bass Flute Sound of the Bass Flute 6. The Contra Alto Flute 7. Contra Bass 8. Subcontrabass Flute Type ie end-blown side 9. The Double Contrabass Flute Materials Sound Background info From Where 10. The Ocarina Type Of Flute Ocarina Sizes Materials The Ocarina Is Made From The Ocarina Sound Background Ocarina Info Where Does The Ocarina Come From 11. The Recorder – soprano, alto, tenor, bass Types of Recorder Instrument Recorder Instrument Sizes Recorder Materials Recorder Sounds Background info From Where 12. Double or Drone Flute Type of Flute Sizes Double Flute Materials Sound Background info From Where 13. The Triple Flute Type How Does The Tripple Flute Sound? Background info From Where 14. The Japanese Shakuhachi Flute Type: The Shakuhachi Flute Materials It’s Size How Does It Sound From Where 15. The Shinobue A Transverse Japanese Flute Type materials Sound From Where 16. The Sodina Flute Type Sizes Materials From Where 17. The Chinese Dizi Flute Type Sizes of the Dizi Flute What Materials Is the Dizi Flute Made From? Sound Background Info 18. The Native American Flute Type of Flute Sizes of This Flute Materials Used For the Native American Flute It’s Sound Background info 19. Pan Pipes Type Materials For Pan Flutes How Do They Sound Background Info From Where 20. Korean Flute Materials Sound Background info From Where 21. The Suling Flute Type Sizes Materials Sound of the Suling Flute Background Information on the Flute Where Does It Come From? 22. Washint FAQs Videos

The 22 different types of Flutes below include all the standard flutes plus many others. There is such a huge range and they all sound so beautiful yet all very different. Some are great for beginners while others should only be attempted by more experienced players. Everyone will have their favorites.

Goodness! So many flutes, all with their unique style history, and sound. Some you may not have even heard of or realized were classed as flutes. The size and materials of all these instruments vary a lot and show just how each affects the sound. So many to try and no space to put them all!

This list covers many of the popular or unusual flutes that are interesting, but it is by no means all the flutes. As I researched this article I realized like many I had only scratched the surface of the flute world and I discovered more and more flutes.

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1. The Piccolo

Type of Flute

The piccolo is tiny. In fact, its name does mean small flute. It is only half the size of your normal flute (concert) and a whole octave higher. Some say it is harder to play as well. Much more difficult to get a sound out of than the concert flute.

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The piccolo is a transverse (side playing, horizontally played) flute.

Size of The Piccolo

At only 13 inches/33cm in length the piccolo is only about half the length of the concert flute.

Piccolos Materials

The piccolo is made from many different metals silver-plated nickel or silver.

Sound of the Piccolo

Piccolos are an octave higher than the flute, they are in the key of C these days while originally they were in the key of D♭

Quite an extraordinary piece of music to demonstrate the sound of the piccolo.

Background info

Piccolos are the highest-pitched instrument that is played in orchestras in the woodwind group.

The piccolo uses the same fingering techniques as the larger concert flute. Unlike the flute, traditionally the piccolo had no lip plate and is shaped slightly differently. However, there are lip-plated models on the market now thanks to Powell (source) who created lip plates on the piccolo in 1993.

It’s much easier to transfer from one instrument to the other if both have lip plates.

From Where

The Piccolo comes from western Europe.

2. The Fife

Type

The fife is a cylindrically bored flute that is smaller than the concert flute. It is most often created as one piece but sometimes you will find it in two pieces and has 11 holes.

Sizes

The fife is 15 and a half inches long (about 39cm).

Materials

The fife is made primarily of wood. How lovely. The woods used to make the fife are mostly the following: boxwood, blackwood, rosewood, grenadilla, mopane, pink ivory, cocobolo, maple, or persimmon. (Source)

Sound of the Fife

The fife has about 2 octaves of sound that are both shrill and high pitched and it sounds a bit lispy/airy. It only has 6 holes and is played with 2 hands.

Background Fife Info

The fife has a history that goes back centuries. It is one of the older flutes. It has a firm base in military history having been played as far back as the Crusades as a military instrument (source). It is used for marching and signaling.

The fife has also been used simply for dance music.

The fife has a much narrower bore than other flutes in relation to its overall length.

From Where Does The Fife Come

The fife comes from Europe, some say Portugal but I have been unable to verify the exact location.

3. The Concert Flute

Does the concert flute need an introduction? The most popular of the flutes, it is known worldwide and played by the greats like James Galway.

I get shiny object syndrome every time I look at a flute! lol. I love to take it out of its box and put it together to play. There just has to be some silver in there somewhere! There’s something about this instrument I’ve always found special.

Type of Instrument

The concert flute is a Transverse flute (held horizontally when played) in the key of C, known by several names including the C flute, silver flute, and the Boehm flute, the C Flute, as it’s so well known it’s simply called the flute.

It is an aerophone instrument so it has a vibrating body of air to create the sound. It is also reedless.

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Sizes

It is 26 inches (67 cm) long

Materials

The materials vary depending on the cost and quality of the flute. The body and the head joint do not always have the same materials. The most popular flute material is sterling silver. Although it is also made in other types of silver and parts of the flute can also be copper, etc. You can have solid silver or silver-plated nickel flutes. James Galway has (a) gold one (he has several flutes).

Nowadays you can also get beginner plastic flutes.

Each part of the flute can be manufactured with different materials which made the flute quality better or more suitable for a student.

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Sound

Background For The Concert Flute

Flutes go back to the paleolithic period or old stone age. the design we see today though only goes back a couple of hundred years and was developed by Theobald Boehm around 1846-1847 (Source)

From Where

The first flutes came from Europe in what is now Germany as did the modern inventor of the flute Theoalkd Boehm.

4. The Alto Flute

Type of Flute

The also is a western flute and part of the concert family. The altos pitch is in the key of G. Altos can have either a straight or curved head. If you are shorter or have difficulty with stretch it’s best to go for the curved head joint as it brings the flute closer to you. If you are taller with a long stretch you can play with the straight head joint. Chose which is easier and more comfortable for you.

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Photo The original uploader was Rukario639 at English Wikipedia. License public domain

The Size of the Alto Flute

The alto flute is approximately 34 inches/86cm. It is also thicker around the tube (bore size) than the concert flute.

The Flute Materials For Alto Concert Flutes

The materials that an alto flute is made from can be nickel, silver-plated brass, or silver. Head joins can also be made of gold brass.

Sound

The alto flute is in the key of G and has a lower more mellow sound than your standard concert flute. Listen to it here on YouTube.

Background info

The alto flute is the 3rd most popular flute (of the concert family) and comes in just behind the piccolo and the ever-popular concert flute. Although popularity does sometimes shift with time and fashions.

From Where

The history of the alto flute goes back to the mid-18th century when people started to experiment with flute sizes and worked on changing the bore (tube hole) size. Early designs of the alto flute were flawed. (Source)

5. Bass Flute

Type of Bass Flutes

Thre are different types of base flute these are the standard closed-hole bass, the open hole bass flute, and the Kingma System bass flute.

You can also get the contra subcontrabass flute, double contra base, and the contra-alto flute which are bigger and lower again (described below).

Bass flutes are aerophone wind instruments. Some are played transversely while others are played upright.

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Size of the Bass Flute

The size of the bass flute varies slightly but is around 50-60 inches long (127cm-152.4 cm). There are larger bass flutes ie the contrabass and sub contrabass flutes.

Materials Used in the Bass Flute

Materials vary as with all flutes it depends on how much you want to pay, however, the materials are similar to that of the concert flute.

The bodies of bass flutes are typically silver-plated however some are gold-brass alloy bodies with silver-plated nickel-silver mechanisms.

Often the head joints are made of better material than the bodies. For example, Yamaha has a bass flute with a gold brass alloy held joint with a Sterling silver lip plate and riser.

Sound of the Bass Flute

The bass is a lower sound than the concert flute and is an octave below it. It is in the Key of C

6. The Contra Alto Flute

The contra-alto flute goes between the base and the contrabass flute in pitch. It goes by different names such as the contrabass flute in G or bass flute in F (source)

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7. Contra Bass

It is two octaves below the concert flute (source). This is a very large flute ad because of this the neck has to be bent and it is supported by the floor.

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8. Subcontrabass Flute

Type ie end-blown side

The sub-contrabass flute begins at 1/2 an octave below the contra base and it is tuned in G (source). It is also a whole 2.5 octaves below the concert flute that most people like myself play.


9. The Double Contrabass Flute

Materials

Because they are so expensive most people actually use plastic pipes rather than the real deal.

Sound

As you’d expect from such a large instrument they are very low in sound. It’s lowest C and is one octave below the contra base and 3 octaves below the concert flute.

Background info

There are only 4 of these super huge instruments in the world.

From Where

They are made in Tokyo.

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10. The Ocarina

Until a year ago I’d never even heard of this beautiful and amazing instrument. Now it is a favorite to play. The ocarina is a vessel flute also called a globular flute. Typically ocarinas have a fipple or whistle opening to play them.

Type Of Flute

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Ocarinas are unusual in that they come in many shapes. The most popular is the transverse sweet potato shape. Even within that shape, there are many variations from fat and dumpy through to thin and elegant. I like the more rounded ones but ocarina players rarely only have one ocarina.

The ocarina is a woodwind instrument.

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Ocarina Sizes

Ocarinas come in many sizes. You can get single, double, and even triple ocarinas. They can be single or double chambers. You get the small 4 to 6-holed ocarinas which are usually pendents, tenors, altos, and bass. These are starter instruments meant mostly for children. You can get single, double, and even triple ocarinas. These range from beginners through to pro instruments. Although adult beginners usually use single ocarinas like the one pictured above as they have fewer holes.

If you are looking to get an ocarina be aware that the altos are also called tenors by some brands just to confuse the issue.

Materials The Ocarina Is Made From

Ocarinas are traditionally made from clay or ceramic but are also made from wood and plastic. You may also find some bones, glass, or even metal ones on occasion.

Ocarinas have different amounts of holes. You can get 4, 6, 12,18 holed ocarinas.

The Ocarina Sound

The sound varies but the ocarina has a hauntingly beautiful sound. Even the higher-pitched ocarinas don’t hurt your ears the way some recorders do. Even though they generally don’t have as large a range of notes as a normal flute they still have some fantastic music. In fact, your standard 12-hole only has 1.25 of an octave. If you want to get a bigger range of notes you have to get an ocarina with more holes.


An example of the ocarina being played by one of my favorite ocarina players on Youtube.

Background Ocarina Info

Ocarinas have been made popular by the video game The Legend of Zelda. But they actually date back 12 thousand years. The more modern version was created by Giuseppe Donati in 1853.

Where Does The Ocarina Come From

According to Wikipedia (Source), ocarinas are 12,000 years old and come from different parts of the world with the oldest one having been found in Runik, Kosovo. They have also been found in China and South America.

11. The Recorder – soprano, alto, tenor, bass

Love them or hate them the recorder instrument is one of the most popular flutes that you can play and is played worldwide. A recorder is an internal duct flute or fipple flute.

Types of Recorder Instrument

The recorder is an internal duct instrument. You blow at the end.

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Recorder Instrument Sizes

Recorders come in many different sizes the most popular sizes include the sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, and bass. You can find more information on the sizes of recorders and their sounds here.

Recorder Materials

The modern recorder is usually made from plastic or wood. Traditionally they would have been made from ivory or wood.

Recorder Sounds

Most people are familiar with the screechy sound of the cheap soprano. I cringe at the sound of the recorder which isn’t really fair as they can sound lovely. I have an alto and it’s lower and takes away that it’s killing my ears feel.

Plastic recorders of the same quality have fairly standard sounds however wooden recorders the sound even at the same size recorder can vary a lot.

There are also baroque and modern pitched recorders. The modern pitch has a slightly higher sound than the baroque.

Do we really want to hear the recorder sound? Yes, because it doesn’t always sound like you think! Below is an example I found on YouTube o of a tenor recorder being played. It’s quite beautiful.

Background info

The recorder in its current form came about around the 15th century (source), however, it has been about for much longer than that. Its popularity has phased in and out over the years. Not it’s a popular instrument worldwide.

From Where

The first records of any recorder instruments are from the middle ages in Europe.

12. Double or Drone Flute

The double flute is an unusual flute that has as the name implies double chambers. These chambers can be in a v shape or joined together. You can also get them stacked. On one side you can play the notes much like you would any other front-held flute while on the other side there is one note or drone note and the chamber doesn’t have any hols for fingers.

You can play these either separately or together. Played together the should flute makes for an interesting sound.

Some double flutes are as easy to play as a single flute. you just need to add more breath.

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license photo: CC by SA 2.0 from Wikipedia (Claire H. from New York City, USA – Double Flutes)

Type of Flute

Double or drone flutes are front-held flutes.

Sizes

The length of these flutes varies however they are around 16-22 inches long (41 – 56cm).

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Double Flute Materials

Double/drone flutes are made from either bamboo or wood like cedar or walnut. You can also get them in plastic.

Sound

The double flute has a very unique sound. it seems to be both clear and whispy at the same time. It has a warm mellow sound

Background info

Drone flutes are over 3 thousand years old! They have been found in El Salvador from the pre-classic period 1250 BC to 550AD (source).

From Where

While originally they are most likely to have been native America these days they are made the world over. We have a maker of these just one county up. And they also teach how to make them.

13. The Triple Flute

Type

A triple flute is simply 3 flutes joined to make one flute. However, each of the three flutes is slightly different. the center flute has holes in it. One side is a drone flute with no holes to play. The other side has 3 holes. (Source: Video below). However, the hole quantities may vary.

How Does The Tripple Flute Sound?

It sounds hauntingly beautiful. Below is an example of the triple flute being played.

Background info

From Where

The triple flute is a native American flute with 3 chambers one of which has a drone chamber. The two parts are played while the drone harmonised the sound.

14. The Japanese Shakuhachi Flute

Type: The Shakuhachi Flute

The shakuhachi flute is a traditional Japanese bamboo flute that is still very popular today. You can get them all over the world

Materials

This flute is made from thick-walled Bamboo.

It’s Size

The name comes from its original size as one shaku (11.93 inches (30.3 cm)) and 8 (Japanese: hachi) sun (1.2 inches (3 cm)) (source). However, nowadays these flutes come in lots of different sizes, which is just as well as the holes that look quite big.

How Does It Sound

It sounds kind of mellow and whispy. The flute is played vertically and the sound is created by manipulation of airflow by the mouth and muscle control (source).

From Where

From Japan now however it originally came from originally derived from the Chinese xiao in the 8th century. (source)

15. The Shinobue A Transverse Japanese Flute

Type

The shinobue flute is a high-pitched transverse Japanese flute with a much higher pitch sound than the previous flute. It has a clearer sound as well you can hear it on Youtube

It usually has only 6 or 7 holes for fingers.

materials

The flute is usually made from shinodake (small bamboo) (Source). This is usually lacquered/coated to stop the bamboo from cracking.

It is classed as a reed instrument.

Sound

From Where

The flute is believed to have come from China originally as the slightly larger ryuteki flute and been developed from there.

16. The Sodina Flute

Type

This is an end-blown flute

Sizes

This flute varies in size. And the size depends on which region it is being used in.

Materials

The sodina flute is usually made from bamboo, lightwood, or reed and also plastic.

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CC by 3.0 credit to Sodina, a traditional flute played in Madagascar. Lemurbaby (talk) 19:32, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

From Where

This flute comes from Madagascar.

17. The Chinese Dizi Flute

Type

The traditional Chinese flute is a transverse (side played) flute called the dizi or sometimes a simple bamboo flute. Interestingly the hole for blowing is much further down the flute than the western flutes.

Sizes of the Dizi Flute

The dizi flute ranges in size and is typically about 75 to 85 cm (29.5-33.5 inches) in length but can be as little as 45cm (Just under 18 inches) and as large as 1.25m (approx, 49 inches).

What Materials Is the Dizi Flute Made From?

The dizi is usually made from bamboo. However, it has also been made from marble or even jade.

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Sound

Quite a clear flute sound. Higher pitched quite beautiful. Although like western flutes the dizi comes in different sizes and sounds.

They have a range of about an octave which seems to be the range of most older traditional flutes. Listen Here on Youtube

Background Info

The dizi or bamboo flute is very popular in China for its traditional music.

Chinese flutes have been found to be in China for at least 7 to 9,000 years!

18. The Native American Flute

The Native American flute has several different names, these include the love flute or the courting flute. It is made differently from the western style flutes. It has two chambers instead of one. This means you do not need to have embouchure, unlike the western flutes. (Source)

Type of Flute

It is an end-blown flute. It is an aerophone flute (a flute that causes a body of air to vibrate without a membrane or strings (source)

Sizes of This Flute

The Native American flute comes in lots of different sizes and different styles.

Materials Used For the Native American Flute

The Native American flute always has come in a very wide range of materials. Traditionally they were made from wood, bamboo, river cane, and even saw grass.

Today those materials have expanded to include plastic, ceramic, and even glass. Wood is still used. With the challenges of protecting woods, the traditional woods are being swapped in some cases for more sustainable woods.

Popular woods for these flutes include redwood, cedar, and cherry.

It’s Sound

Like the ocarina, it has a limited range of between 1 and 1 1/3 octaves. Its sound is clear and mellow. You can hear them on YouTube

Background info

According to atflutes.com, there is no clear-cut answer to the history and exact location, and timeline of these flutes due to the native Americans not having a written language and being nomadic. Many tribes would have used these flutes. Originally this flute would have been played only by the men of the tribe. (Source).

19. Pan Pipes

Type

This is an end-blown flute as the person blows into the ends of each pipe.

Materials For Pan Flutes

Usually, the materials used for pan pipes are from local reeds or bamboo, or even giant cane. However, they are also made from other materials such as materials including plastic, wood, metal, and ivory.

How Do They Sound

I love this piece by the Animals. I’ve been playing it on my uke. However, here we have it on pan pipes.

Background Info

Pop on this page for For more fun panpipe facts.

From Where

20. Korean Flute

The Korean flute is of particular interest because it has a membrane that buzzes, This gives it a really distinctive sound compared to the other types of flute.

Materials

This flute is usually made from bamboo

Sound

You can hear this flute in this video on Youtube

Background info

This flute is called the daegeum it is a side-blown flute. It is the biggest of the three flutes from the Unified Shilla Dynasty (618-932) according to TalkTalk Korea (source)

From Where

It comes from Korea

21. The Suling Flute

The Suling comes from South East Asia. Tamiang.

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Type

The Suling is an end-blown flute. There are different types of suling flute like the Mridangam & Palendag & tumpong.

(Source)

Sizes

The sizes of the suling flute vary.

Materials

The suling flute is typically made from thin bamboo.

Sound of the Suling Flute

The sound varies depending on the size of the flute.

I love the way the sound is enhanced by the movement of the fingers. You can hear an example here

Background Information on the Flute

It is a popular flute throughout Indonesia for gamelan orchestras (gamelan is an orchestra with instruments from Bali and Java and Indonesia)

Where Does It Come From?

The suling flute comes from Indonesia and is from the Sundanese people. It can also be found in Southeast Asian countries, especially in the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Singapore. (source)

22. Washint

The Washint is an end-blown flute made from wood. It originally came from Ethiopia.

FAQs

How many types of flute are there? ›

The main flute types are the bass flute, the alto flute, the ordinary C flute, and the piccolo. The C flute (also known as the Western concert flute) is the most popular among the four. Other rarer flute types include the Eb soprano, contrabass, and subcontrabass flutes.

Is flute good for health? ›

Among many health benefits, it notably promotes good posture, proper and healthy breathing, core strengthand control, and finger dexterity. Flute requires a high degree of patience and discipline, which happen to be necessary attributes for academic excellence and good work ethic.

What flute has 7 holes? ›

The Traditional North Indian flute called the Bansuri has 6 holes while the traditional South indian flute called the Pulil/Veenu had 7 holes.

Which flute is used in Titanic? ›

The Tin Whistle is beautifully featured in the international sensation “My Heart Will Go On” in the movie Titanic.

What is a flute with 6 holes called? ›

A bansuri is traditionally made from a single hollow shaft of bamboo with six or seven finger holes. Some modern designs come in ivory, fiberglass and various metals. The six hole instrument covers two and a half octaves of music.

What is the oldest playable flute? ›

The Neanderthal Flute, found in the cave of Divje Babe in Slovenia, is thought to date back at least 50,000 years, making it the oldest known musical instrument in the world.

What is a giant flute called? ›

The hyperbass flute is the largest and lowest instrument in the flute family. It is pitched in C, four octaves below the concert flute (and three octaves below the bass flute, two octaves below the contrabass flute, and one octave below the double contrabass flute).

What is a Greek flute called? ›

The floghera (Greek: φλογέρα, pronounced [floˈʝeɾa]) is a type of flute used in Greek folk music. It is a simple end-blown bamboo flute without a fipple, which is played by directing a narrow air stream against its sharp, open upper end.

What is a tiny flute called? ›

A shorter version of the flute is called the piccolo, which means small in Italian. At half the size of a standard flute, piccolos play the highest notes of all the woodwinds; in the orchestra one of the flute players will also play piccolo if that instrument is required.

What is the easiest flute to play? ›

The Native American Style Flute is one of the easiest instruments to learn. You do not need any previous musical knowledge or experience.

What is a plastic flute called? ›

The stub-ended Swanson Tonette is a small (6" cavity), end-blown vessel flute made of plastic, which was once popular in American elementary music education.

Why are flutes good kissers? ›

The longer an individual plays the flute and continues to practice moving their lips and mouths just right, the better they become at moving all the tiny muscles in and surrounding their lips. I heard somewhere that it takes around one hundred and twelve muscles of the lips and face to make a good kiss.

Is flute harder than violin? ›

Although flute is a better and easier option than a violin to learn, you must follow your passion. You can choose any instrument to play but your interest is something that will make the journey easier.

What is the hardest flute song? ›

Hard flute songs to play
  • Flute Concerto by Jacques Ibert.
  • Etude No. 21 in D by Marcel Moyse.
  • Quartet by Sofia Gubaidulina.
  • A Pierre by Luigi Nono.
  • Density 21.5 by Edgard Varèse.
  • Flute Sonata by Sergei Prokofiev.
  • Voice by Tōru Takemitsu.
  • Couleurs du vent by Kaija Saariaho.
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Why flute is not played at night? ›

There are various raag which are played at evening time and at night. Wrong are those who say not to play flute at night/evening(probably they may get disturbed by someone's playing specially if any layman is playing) .

Do flutes get better with age? ›

Because of how the flute is set up, what it is made out of, and the mechanism and different things that we have, they're not worth more, they're not higher quality the older they get.

Is flute good for lungs? ›

As a windpipe instrument, the flute is played through blowing air into a mouthpiece. Naturally, this gives your lungs and diaphragm a respiratory work out, making your core a lot stronger.

What is a flute with no holes? ›

An overtone flute has either no tone holes, or relatively few tone holes for a woodwind instrument. To make melodies, one plays it high into the overtone series.

What is a wooden flute called? ›

The fingering is the same as the flute, but the lip plate needs to sit a little higher on the lips, and more air is needed to produce a sound. Unlike other modern flutes, which are made out of metal, piccolos are made out of wood with metal keys, much like the original flutes were.

What flute is used in Lion King? ›

There's the bansuri, an Indian alto flute, for Musafa; a toyo, which is the bass member of a double row of pan pipes from South America and is 5 feet in length, is Scar; and when Simba is only a cub, he is heard as the Irish pan pipes.

What was the 35000 year old flute made out of? ›

A team led by University of Tuebingen archaeologist Nicholas Conard assembled the flute from 12 pieces of griffon vulture bone scattered in a small plot of the Hohle Fels cave in southern Germany. Together, the pieces comprise a 8.6-inch instrument with five holes and a notched end.

What flute did Ukraine use? ›

The frilka (Ukrainian: Фрілка) is a more perfected form of the sopilka, a traditional Ukrainian flute. The frilka is a smaller version of the floyarka. The frilka is characterized as an open-ended notched flute. It is a pipe of approximately a 20 cm (8 inches) in length.

What jewelry survived the Titanic? ›

This is about an actual emerald and diamond engagement ring that survived the fateful final voyage of the Titanic in 1912 made a surprise appearance on BBC's Antiques Roadshow recently.

What is Link's flute called? ›

Also known as a sweet potato flute, an ocarina even features in the popular Zelda Ocarina of Time computer game. Nowadays, the English Ocarina is just as popular as the Italian original.

What is a Lotus flute? ›

A slide whistle (variously known as a swanee or swannee whistle, lotos flute piston flute, or jazz flute) is a wind instrument consisting of a fipple like a recorder's and a tube with a piston in it. Thus it has an air reed like some woodwinds, but varies the pitch with a slide.

What is the flute of a bagpipe called? ›

The chanter is the actual part of the bagpipes that produces the melody for whatever tune you're playing. It operates similarly to a clarinet, with the player fingering the various holes along the shaft to produce different notes.

Can a 70 year old learn to play the flute? ›

Just like a recorder, anyone can learn to play the flute regardless of their age. Children and aged folks can play it with ease once they set their minds to it. It requires an ear for music, mental concentration, and finger coordination.

Can a 12 year old play flute? ›

Flutes for Children 10-13 Years Old

There are occasionally exceptions where this type of flute might be still a bit too long for 10 year old students, and they will have to start their flute playing experience on a curved head-joint flute.

What is a Japanese flute called? ›

shakuhachi, a Japanese end-blown bamboo flute that was originally derived from the Chinese xiao in the 8th century. The shakuhachi's blowing end is cut obliquely outward, and a small piece of ivory or bone is inserted at the edge so that subtle varieties of tone colour can be produced.

What is the Egyptian flute called? ›

One of the oldest pipes, or Egyptian flutes, is the Ney. It's an end-blown flute with seven finger holes to change the pitch. Over the centuries, the ney has been used to create sweet and somber melodies as you can hear from the haunting sound in the video above.

What flute has a bend in it? ›

Bass Flute – Pitched in the key of C, this large flute sounds one octave lower than the common C flute. It is usually designed to have a curved headjoint due to its long tube.

What is a Russian flute called? ›

Svirel (Russian: свирель) is a folk Russian wind instrument of the end-blown flute type.

What is the Thai flute called? ›

The khlui is a vertical duct flute from Thailand. It is generally made of bamboo, though instruments are also made from hardwood or plastic.

What is a Hawaiian flute called? ›

Hawaii. In the North Pacific, in the Hawaiian islands the nose flute was a common courting instrument. In Hawaiian, it is variously called hano, "nose flute", by the more specific term ʻohe hano ihu, "bamboo flute [for] nose," or ʻohe hanu ihu, "bamboo [for] nose breath". It is made from a single bamboo section.

What is a Zen flute? ›

The Zen Flute is a transverse flute in special bamboo without knot, tuned in the consecrated Minor Pentatonic scale of the Japanese Shakuhachi flute. The Zen Flute follows the concept of ancient bamboo transverse flutes, being inspired by Asian music.

What is a crystal flute? ›

A glass flute or crystal flute is a glass instrument briefly popular in the early 19th century. These flutes preserved pitch and tone during temperature change better than the wood and ivory flutes available at the time of their manufacture.

What is the silver flute called? ›

The standard concert flute, also called C flute, Boehm flute, silver flute, or simply flute, is pitched in C and has a range of about three and a half to four octaves starting from the note C4 (middle C).

How much does a flute cost UK? ›

Beginner Flutes

You can usually expect to pay about £500 to £1000, but instruments like the Windcraft WFL-110 are available for as little as £205! These instruments are most suited to players who are at the beginning of their musical journey.

How long does a flute last? ›

I have seen flutes last anywhere from four to thirteen years with consistent playing before needing overhauls. Piccolos tend to last longer between overhauls.

What is a flute a phone? ›

Updated on 11/04/19. A flutophone may look like a toy, but it is a legitimate pre-band instrument belonging to the wind family. The benefits as a first instrument are multifold. It is inexpensive, made of durable and lightweight plastic, and requires little breath force, unlike an actual flute or clarinet.

What is a piano flute called? ›

The melodica is a handheld free-reed instrument similar to a pump organ or harmonica. It features a musical keyboard on top, and is played by blowing air through a mouthpiece that fits into a hole in the side of the instrument.

What is an end-blown flute called? ›

The end-blown flute (also called an edge-blown flute or rim-blown flute) is a woodwind instrument played by directing an airstream against the sharp edge of the upper end of a tube. Unlike a recorder or tin whistle, there is not a ducted flue voicing, also known as a fipple.

Which scale flute has best sound? ›

Sarfuddin flutes- Scale C Natural Medium

If you are looking for a good flute of 19 inches, you can buy this one by Sarfuddin flutes. This flute is of C-scale and has been professionally tuned to get the right sound every time you play.

Which flute do professionals play? ›

Azumi AZ3 – Best Open Hole Professional Flute

It's a good choice for professionals or amateurs who are ready to take their talent to the next level. The thing that really stands out about this flute is the Z-cut headjoint, a feature of all Azumi flutes.

Why do gold flutes sound better? ›

The gold is somewhat mellower, maybe slightly darker or richer in sound. It blends really well. The silver is brighter and more penetrating. It's sound stands out, sometimes too much.

Which flute is easiest to play? ›

The Native American Style Flute is one of the easiest instruments to learn. You do not need any previous musical knowledge or experience. The most important element in picking your first flute is choosing one that is smaller in size, which will allow the learning process to be easy, smooth, and fun.

What is the hardest flute solo? ›

Hard flute songs to play
  • Flute Concerto by Jacques Ibert.
  • Etude No. 21 in D by Marcel Moyse.
  • Quartet by Sofia Gubaidulina.
  • A Pierre by Luigi Nono.
  • Density 21.5 by Edgard Varèse.
  • Flute Sonata by Sergei Prokofiev.
  • Voice by Tōru Takemitsu.
  • Couleurs du vent by Kaija Saariaho.
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Which flute is best for jazz? ›

The modern Boehm system transverse concert flute is commonly used in jazz playing; other members of the same family are used, such as the alto flute in G. Ethnic and other flutes, such as bamboo flutes, have also been used in jazz.

Is flute is very easy to learn? ›

Flute isn't hard to learn — like all the instruments, it just takes some practice. Many girls choose the flute, but boys can also play flute.

Do flute players make good kissers? ›

Haha, well in short, we flutists get really, really good at learning to use the muscles in our faces – especially the lips and mouth. The higher level of a flute player, and the longer we've played – the better!

Do flutes wear out? ›

But usually, 3-8 years of daily practicing will wear out any flute. A well maintained flute would go for longer period between overhauls. Many flutes I received for overhaul were in unplayable condition.

Is the flute harder than the trumpet? ›

Which is easier? The flute or the trumpet? The trumpet is more difficult to start learning initially, but in the long run when comparing in all categories both instruments are of equal difficulty. The trumpet's main difficulty in comparison to the flute is the trumpet embouchure which requires intense coordination.

Are flutes with holes better? ›

As a beginner or intermediate player, a closed hole flute is preferable. When anyone is learning to play, they are more likely to be concentrating on pressing down the right keys and reading the music than thinking about whether their fingers completely cover an open hole on the flute.

Are plastic flutes any good? ›

The plastic flute makes a wonderful instrument for a beginner or someone new to the instrument - it's especially useful (and affordable) if you're planning to try the instrument out before committing completely.

Is flute or clarinet harder? ›

It is easier to start to play flute. Why? The flute is less demanding physically, lighter than clarinet, has less complicated fingerings, and it doesn't have to rely on a reed to produce sound.

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