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The modern flute is a member of the woodwind family, and is typically made out of silver or wood.

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Is there a recorder-analog for the flute?

I have used soprano baroque recorders for students aged 8-10 as a "pre-band" instrument. I find that most students enjoy practicing note-reading, and the average student is able to progress ...
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Are there mutes for flute?

Is there some kind of practice mute for flute? I have been lent a flute and would like to try it out without disturbing neighbours too much. Only found for trombones and such when googling.
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Why are end-blown flutes shorter than their ideal length?

A flute is an open cylinder air column instrument. This means that an idealised flute, the fundamental pitch of the flute should have a wavelength of twice the length of the flute. This isn't exactly ...
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Which type of flute is this? [closed]

Which type of flute is used in the soundtrack to the film Stalker composed by Edward Artemiev? Music here:
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How can I find out which woodwind instruments have the same (or almost the same) fingering so it makes transitioning between those instruments easier?

Just for fun, I want to begin learning woodwind instruments. Unfortunately, I have to put some financial constraints on that project. Therefore, I am looking into learning how to play the recorder, ...
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Which instruments have the same (or almost the same) fingering? (In other words, which instruments can you play if you know how to play one of them?) [closed]

First of all, I fully realize that to know how to actually play an instrument, there is more to it than just the fingering. Yet, I feel like it has to make things easier, right? What about recorder, ...
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Slurs for flute

In writing for the flute when the composer does not play the instrument himself, how does he know where to put the slurs? To my understanding slur markings for woodwind indicate to play with a certain ...
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What is the point of notes lower than human hearing

(Scientific pitch notation) For example: Organs can go down to C-1 Hyperbass Flute goes down to C0 And these notes have neglegible overtones on these instruments! Do they modulate other notes? They ...
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In flute technique, is it common to use the throat to change octaves?

I am a beginning flute player with a background in harmonica playing. For those unfamiliar, it is possible to play a diatonic harmonica chromatically by adjusting the shape of your mouth and throat. ...
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What is a natural sharp? [duplicate]

I'm looking the allstate music (as my class is required to pass it off) the piece is in concert c minor. I play flute and on my f(which is already sharp) there is a natural sign and then another sharp ...
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Flute Case with no sections/partitions

My wife plays the flute so we had gotten her a Crossrock carbon fiber case for it without realizing that there are no partitions for the individual flute pieces. My wife loves the case but we can't ...
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Should I learn first Western Flute or Bansuri?

I am planning to get lessons on the flute. I do love the bansuri flute, but I am unsure if it's a good idea to start getting lessons on bansuri instead of western flute as almost complete beginner to ...
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How to start learning flute? [closed]

I would love to learn and play with flute. Could you suggest me some introductory books or websites for the beginners, and also what brand of flute is good for beginner (less than 300 dollars…)?
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Pan flute using straws : all notes measurements?

Thanks to this website, I was able to create a pan flute from some straws and it really worked (I could play all the music I know on C major scale). However, the dimensions of the straws only ...
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How do you repair a deeply scratched flute? [closed]

I tried removing the tarnish off my flute by using a plastic scrubber, and then I realized that I scratched my flute. How do you repair a deeply scratched flute without taking it in for maintenance?
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What Songs Are Best to Practice Reading Sheet Music and Playing Flute? [closed]

To whom it may concern, I am a high schooler that has been playing flute for a few years but struggles with reading advanced sheet music. What are some songs that are best to play, that will help ...
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Bansuri sound producing

I have started learning bansuri, I learnt how to produce sound and finger placements. But my doubt is that whether I'm sounding correctly or not. Is there any way I can find whether I'm sound ...
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How to play in sync with background track?

I have always wondered how flute players play in sync with a background track. Is it more common to record the flute piece first and then add a background track to it later? For example in this video ...
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Are there any good websites on which to teach yourself to read sheet music? [closed]

My question is simple: Are there any reputable websites that I could use to learn/teach myself how to properly read sheet music? I have in my search come across a few that seemed OK, but they came ...
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I play a 6-hole Native American flute; could this piece be played on it?

I am new to music theory and am just starting out on a six-hole Native American cedar flute. I do not have a concrete knowledge of reading musical notation, so I was wondering if Two Steps From Hell's ...
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How many violins should play alongside a single flute?

I'm 17 years old and I play the violin for my local church. A lot of people expect the violin to be loud, by loud they expect the sound to carry out to distant places without the aid of an amplifier. ...
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New Flute Troubles

I recently upgraded from a Yamaha student flute to a Miyazawa. The new flute is amazing and sounds really nice, but I noticed that after the first few days things get a bit difficult. I'm having ...
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What happens when the wall thickness of a bamboo flute changes? Advice for a bamboo flute building

I’m building a Japanese bamboo flute, Noh-Kan, used for the Noh theater in a self-learning way. I’d like to ask some advice about the wall thickness and the hardness of the material. In Japan, among ...
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My Flute Notes Just Don't Sound Nice

I last had guidance in playing my flute in 6th grade band class and I've been solo since. (About 7 years ago) So naturally everything I know, I gleaned off the internet. My notes are starting to sound ...
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What key should I get my native-american style flute in?

I'm a hobby guitarist and I'm looking to switch things up by playing another instrument for a little bit. So I'm looking into buying a Native American style flute ('NASF') because of the timbre and ...
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I have a question about how to count these notes

How do I count the notes circled in white?
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What does the word full mean to do in this piece

I was trying to play the song Legends Never Die for flute and I found the word full on an arrow attached to a note and do now know what it means or how to play it.
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How to find the key of a diatonic flute by listening?

I was listening to a song played on the Dizi (Chinese diatonic bamboo flute). Dizi like other diatonic flutes comes in different keys. When listening to music played by someone else, how can I find ...
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Why doesn't the flute head joint behave like a Swanee whistle?

I understand the basic physics of a Swanee whistle: shorter tube -> higher pitch. But when I take the head joint off my flute, play a note and poke my finger up the tube, this behaves in exactly ...
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Is there a specific synth name/DAW plugin for a sort of 70s jazz flute chorus?

There's a sound I hear in some modern alternative music that has such emotive nostalgic properties. It sounds like a flute chorus I've heard in 70s Japanese Jazz and elsewhere. This short comedic ...
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Are middle eastern flutes generally played with the left hand closer to the mouth?

I've seen different people on the internet play middle eastern flutes like the Ney and Kaval either with their left hand or right hand closer to the mouth. I'm unsure which of these is best for me to ...
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Right hand finger positions on a flute

I was recently watching a video of Jethro Tull performing, with Ian Anderson on flute. His right hand appears to use the pads of the medial, rather than distal, phalanges. I.e. the left hand uses the ...
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I have been practicing a song for 3 hours straight but I keep making mistakes. How can I get it right?

There is this one song I have to play for school but every time I try to play it, I make a mistake. I did this for 3 hours straight and I sent an email to my teacher and he gave me some advice but it ...
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Odd flute behavior

I am very new to flute, but I have played various instruments over the years. A thing I am having issues with is when I go from the fingering for G4 to the fingering for A4 (according to all the ...
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Western Flute vs Indian Flute (bansuri) differences?

I'm planning on buying and learning to play the flute, I'm trying to decide whether to start by learning the western flute or the bansuri. I like the sound of bansuri as it's very soothing to me. I ...
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Flutes in octaves sounds like an organ? Why does this happen?

I have noticed something when I hear 2 flutes in octaves or a flute and piccolo playing the same notated notes, sounding an octave apart. It starts to not sound like a flute. In particular it sounds ...
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How to play e#? [duplicate]

Recently I have seen E# in my sheet music. I play a flute but I also have a piano. And on the piano there is no black key above E. Can somebody tell me how to play E# on a flute or at least on a piano....
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Variations in "Il Gardellino" - Cantabile

Listening to renditions of Vivaldi's Concerto in D Major, Op 10 No 3, Second Movement - Cantabile, it seems that when it's played as solo piece, the repeats include ornaments that are not in the score....
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Why do my cheekbones hurt when I play?

I play the flute and I don’t know if it’s just me but my cheekbones hurt when I play for more the 30 minutes. I don’t know what it could be, I usually have good posture and practice everyday. I have a ...
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6 finger Flute hole placement formula

I like to experiment on plastic flutes. Is there a mathematical formula for placing holes in a flute? Is it same for all kinds of flutes for example western flute,6 hole flute or 8 hole flute?
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Is this fortissimo passage in the flute possible?

I am writing this piece for a piano flute duet to represent Spring and it has 3 main sections. Those sections are: A - Quiet, Molto adagio, A minor, very melodic, rocking fifths in the bass, melody ...
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What sort of flute do "native american flute" musicians use?

What sort of flute does "native american flute music" use? Ballpark. I would like to get a traditional sounding (and looking) flute.
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4th octave Eb in Chopin, should I trust that the flutist will get the note?

I am arranging Nocturne in Eb Op. 9 no. 2 for Flute and String Quartet and I have reached a spot where it is difficult for me to decide whether or not I should stick with the notes that Chopin wrote ...
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Exercises for getting a consistent tone on the flute

I am a tenor saxophone player who wants to branch out into playing a transverse flute to expand on their fingering techniques and embouchure. For the past 2 weeks, I have been practising with a ...
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Research on sound production in flutes: How do angle and position of the airstream affect the 2nd octave?

In flutes, the sound is produced when a thin, laminar airstream is divided by an edge, exciting vibrations of the air inside the flute. I would like to know whether there exists research on how the ...
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How similar (or not) are recorder, fife, and flute fingerings?

I don't play any of these instruments, but have at least tried them enough to play a scale. My impression is the basic holes down the pipe are tuned to a diatonic scale. The more holes covered, the ...
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Notation for Eastern European pan flute

Years ago I composed a piece of chamber music that included an Eastern European-style pan flute (Romanian or Hungarian, I don't recall which). It was a large one, with a 3-octave range from G3 (the ...
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When to use 8va in musical notation? [duplicate]

I want to know after how many ledger lines should you start notating music with the 8va symbol. I have read that the flute often has music written on ledger lines. So up to how many ledger lines can a ...
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Recommended Breathing Exercises to Play Woodwinds

Can you recommend good breathing exercises to play woodwinds such as Flute and Bansuri. Other than continual practice of these beautiful instruments, what are some breathing exercises to improve lung ...
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What sort of samples you need to record for a good flute sample pack

I would like to create a sample pack of the Native American flute. I am new to this, but having looked around, you don't need thousands of samples in a sample pack, just maybe 100. What I'm wondering ...
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