to Choose your First Flute
You have to make
a few choices.
Key, Style, and Wood
to make this easy.
with one of these keys: mid A, G, or F#. If
you have small or arthritic hands
choose the A flute . It has the shortest
finger span. Otherwise any of the three keys
will be fine.
Your choices here are:
start with a drone or a Middle Eastern flute.
in Western Red Cedar only. They are undecorated and
they have a simple block. Musically they are the
same flute as the Standard.
Standards come in
a variety of woods, are decorated and have the
If you've decided on a Basic,
then this decision is already made. The Basics only
come in cedar.. If you are buying a Standard, read
Place the bird so that it
completely covers the back fipple hole
and comes to the back edge of the first fipple hole.
Drape the leather over the top of the bird, then
it around the bird
Hold the flute between your knees
and tie a simple knot.
Pull it snug.
Your bird should be positioned
Traditional 5 note
(played on a Basic G Flute)
NOTE: This hole is always
covered in the Pentatonic scale
All holes covered
Five holes covered
Bottom hole open
Four holes covered
Bottom two open
Three holes covered
Bottom three open
Two holes covered
Bottom 3 and top middle open
One hole covered
five holes open
one octave higher
than starting G
If your flute is in the key of A then all
holes covered will produce an A
Your pentatonic scale will be A, C, D, E, G, A
If your flute
is in the key of F# then all holes covered will produce an
Your pentatonic scale will be F#,A,B,C#,E,F#
chart that comes with the flute will have this information.
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