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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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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 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 one ...
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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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L'Arlésienne Menuet — where to take a breath?

I'm learning the menuet from the L'Arlésienne suite no. 2 for the treble recorder (IMSLP). I'm having trouble getting from rehearsal mark C to D on one breath, but there don't seem to be any good ...
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Where can I get Native American drum and flute samples [closed]

I would like to be able to dynamically compose music using JavaScript using the sounds like from this video. I don't know where you would even begin. Do I need to record it all myself or is there some ...
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Want to buy a wooden flute, but I don't know what the specifications entail

So I'm in a country where, when I browse flutes online, they have notes written next to the name of the flute in the syllabic form. So for instance you have a "Kaval flute" with "Si", "Sib", "Re", or "...
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What kind of passage I may use this Key and What's the name of this Key?

I'm a flute player and I bought this flute sometime ago and I'd like to know: Flute Yamaha 371 Allegro version What kind of passage I may use this Key and What's the name of this Key? Please, ...
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Marching Band Piccolo Tuning

As many piccolo players know, tuning can be a wreck on piccolos. I play piccolo just for my high school’s marching band and I’ve always have had tuning problems even when I got a new one. I thought it ...
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Lip pain when playing flute: how to overcome?

I have noticed that when I play higher octave notes on the flute my lips start to hurt. This has happened before but I dealt with it just by ignoring the pain. I would like to know whether there is ...
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What to check when flute is not hitting higher octave notes?

When trying to play notes an octave higher on the flute I notice it is really hard for the higher octave to come out and it keeps playing the lower octave instead. I did not notice this problem when I ...
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Learning the Flute embouchure with a teardrop in the lips?

I'm trying to learn the flute embouchure for an irish (wooden) flute for 2 years now. My teacher mentioned to me that because of the shape of my lips (I'm having a teardrop in the middle of my upper ...
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What are the notes on this instrument? [duplicate]

I happen to have what I believe is called a bansuri. It seems to be of Chinese or Indian origin from what I can find out on Google, but I don't seem to be able to find note equivalents for it in a ...
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How do I actually play higher octaves in flute? [duplicate]

Flute newbie here. I'm learning to read notes and play them on the flute (Western concert flute, closed buttons). I find many sources for fingerings of the notes in different octaves. Sometimes they ...
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Playing Chinese bamboo flute of key “D” as “C”?

Hello Music Community, I just received my Chinese bamboo flute of key "D", that I want to learn to play. I want to emphasize, that I have no experience playing musical instruments whatsoever. The ...
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As an adult, how should I choose a flute?

I learnt to the play the flute as a teenager. I want to play for children. My hands weren't great in dexterity as a teenager and probably a bit worse. I haven't played for 10 years. I live in Japan ...
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Is this too difficult for a solo flutist?

There are 2 woodwind instruments that come to mind when I think of a high pitched solo. Those are the flute and the clarinet, both of which can have either a mellow or a piercing quality depending on ...
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Can a flute soloist sit?

I am a 60 year old flutist and I am about to perform a humble concert in my community. I have plantar fasciitis in my left foot, and I wonder if it is acceptable for me to sit on a high chair (like ...
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Why does flute fingering have to be so complicated?

So, I have progressed on my flute. I'm now getting the notes that I am supposed to be getting. Here is what I noticed during my last flute practice as far as fingerings: All open: C# 1 key down(...
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Is the myth that if you can play one instrument, you can learn another instrument with ease true?

I've heard many people say this: "If you can play one instrument, other instruments will be easy to learn" I just can't help but wonder if this is true. Suppose I'm a professional flute player. ...
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Do I play my key signature for my instrument or on the paper?

If I'm auditioning for jazz for high school band and I play the flute, and my audition piece is for saxophone, do I play my key signature or the key signature on the sheet music?
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Why doesnt my flute tone improve?

So i have been playing the flute for 5 years and a couple months ago, I purchased an intermediate level yamaha flute. I practice every single day for a minimum of an hour and i try to do long tones as ...
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How to mic a flute for live performance

Would you place the mic at the mouthpiece or the end of the flute?
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What instrument is playing in the middle of this song? [closed]

There's some kind of flute playing in this song from 2:18 to 2:40 but they don't show the player so I'm not sure. What instrument is that?
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How to interpret Bansuri Scale reading on “Swar Meter”

I downloaded "Swar Meter" and played Sa on my 23" Bansuri that says "A" scale However, "Swar Meter" consistently measures between "A" and "A#" I tried same exercise on my 24" Bansuri that says "A" ...
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Speed of Tampura app during Bansuri practice

I understand Tampura app (I use Tampura droid) must be on during Bansuri practice so player learns to tell (by ear) whether they are in tune. Since I have A-Scale Bansuri the Tampura is on A-Scale ...
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Can chords be played on the flute?

I have been playing the flute for some time now, and wanted to expand my knowledge of it. To do so, I started learning more about the standard music notation. While doing so, I ran into a concept ...
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Can I use a car polishing cloth to polish my flute?

I have a Yamaha flute headjoint and it is dirty. Therefore I want to clean it so its appearance will be better. Can I use a car polishing cloth for this?
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What is a panharmonic scale?

In the English translation of Plato's Republic, he does not allow flutes to be played because they are used to play "panharmonic scales", and he says that no panharmonic scales should be played or ...
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How does the use of silver influence the quality of a flute?

Flutes are made from a variety of materials. Student flutes are normally made from silver-plated nickel, while better quality flutes (sometimes the body and the head and sometimes only the head) are ...
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Workarounds for 10th intervals or larger when arranging for piano

So I figured that The Four Seasons might be easier to transcribe than The Nutcracker Suite (fewer lines, only real difficulty reading it is I have to translate between alto clef and treble clef ...
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What is the range for the flute for a high school band?

I'm writing a song for a high school band, but I'm unsure of the range for flute players. I know flute players play really high, but I'm not sure where the limit is (both high and low). What range ...
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which hand side hole flute should buy for right handed person?

I want to learn flute i already know how to play but I only play flute that has hole at its top position and from which I have blow from its top side. but one of my friend did advice that sound of ...
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What instrument is used to create this kind of music? [closed]

Today I came across a song and (esp the beginning) it left me in an euphoric state. Here is the song: What instrument is used to create this kind of angelic sounds? ...
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Can I use the “unused” Bb Key on the flute?

While positioning your fingers on the flute, there is one key left out between the left hand 2nd and 3rd finger. I’ve noticed that it does the same thing as the Bb Thumb Key. I prefer to use it while ...
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How to distinguish light vs dark tone?

I have been playing the flute for 2 years and I can't get my head around the concept of tone colors. I'm learning with Trevor Why books, which describe 3 beginner exercises with which to practice 2 ...
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How to tune the flute by ear

Please, I would like to ask you for an advice: I have big trouble to tune my flute by ear -e.g with the piano before playing the piece,my teacher always tells me whether am I flat or sharp. And I just ...
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Will practice improve the tone on my new flute?

I just got a new flute- a good quality Yamaha that was quite expensive. I would love to say that it plays perfectly-but unfortunately, that's not quite the case. Whenever I play it, it sounds a ...