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Profile of the Flute

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Name of Instrument:

Flute

Family:

Woodwind

How to Play:

The musician, or flutist, blows air into the edge of the instrument, changing the pitch of the sound by opening/closing the holes using his/her fingers.

Types:

There are numerous types of flutes that are played differently. Some of these are:

  • Side blown flutes - piccolo, fife, bansuri
  • End-blown flutes - recorder, ney, kaval, quena, shakuhachi, tonette

    Commonly known flutes include the piccolo, concert flute, alto flute, bass flute and contrabass flute. Less known flutes include the treble flute, soprano, tenor, sub-bass and octobass flute.

  • First known Flutes:

    Archaelogists have discovered in Slovenia an ancient flute made from the bones of a cave bear dating back around 50,000 years ago.

    Flutists :

    Among the well-known flutists are:

  • Classical Flute Players - Julius Baker, William Bennett, Theobald Boehm, James Galway, Kieko Hashiguchi, Hans-Martin Linde, Marcel Moyse, Jean Pierre Rampal, Henrik Wiese to name a few.

  • Jazz Flute Players - George Adams, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Eric Dolphy, Pannalal Ghosh, Paul Horn, Herbie Mann, Jeremy Steig, to name a few.
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