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Transcript of BASS FLUTE
HOW IS THE SOUND PRODUCED?
WHEN WAS BASS FLUTE DEVELOPED?
Bass Flute was formed to the mid-20th century. The word "bass flute" was sometimes used to mention to the alto flute instead, but in Great Britain, it was used especially. The bass flute was invented in the 1920s as an experiment for jazz ensembles. The product brought an interesting substitute for a saxophone, but since its sound is less powerful than concert flutes, it cannot handle music with as much technique.
WHAT FAMILY DOES IT BELONGS TO?
Bass Flute belongs to the Flute family. It is the key of C, pitched one octave underneath the concert flute. It is because of the length of its tube, which is approximately 146 cm. It is usually build with a J shaped head joint, which carries the embouchure hole inside reach of the player.
WHAT IS BASS FLUTE?
Bass Flute is an instrument, which belongs to the Flute Family. Bass flute is the lowest voice in its family. It is not normally used in ensembles and is very difficult to play. That’s because of the amount of breath control needed to create a clean and clear tone. Bass flute is created/made with metal. Bass flute is classified as a(n) Wind general instrument.
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HOW IS BASS FLUTE MADE?
Bass flutes are most often made with silver plated bodies and head joints. Most basses come with trill keys which allows the player to even out some otherwise uneven middle register notes as well as trill between otherwise impossible notes. Kotato basses have addressed the weight problem of bass flutes by designing a graphite rod that screws onto the underside of the instrument and then rests on the chair seat between the player's legs. Adjustable rods have also been developed by Jeff Amos.
FAMOUS MUSIC ON BASS FLUTE
Whilst it is still true that most original repertoire is challenging both in terms of instrumental technique and musical style, there are some pieces that are more approachable. You can always rely on Gary Schocker to come up with something appropriate, and his Small Sonata for a Large Flute is very well put together. The opening Moderato stays mainly in the low register with gentle running semiquavers, and a typical Schocker-style engimatic melody weaves its spell in the substantial slow movement Cantabile. The Snappy third movement will extend your technique considerably with the crisp rhythms needing good articulation. Flutter-tonguing and a larger note range add yet more interest.
DIAGRAMS OF BASS FLUTE
INTERESTING FACTS OF BASS FLUTE
Bass flute music sounds an octave lower than it is written, which is the typical concert flute range (C4 to C7).
Bass flutes often have a C foot rather than the B foot common to other flutes.
The Bass flute is classified as a(n) Wind general instrument.
It requires more breath from the player to get a deeper sound and range of tones
It was an experiment for jazz ensembles.
It was perfected by Rudall Carte and company of London in 1930’s.
Bass flutes has nearly twice as length with an even greater embouchure hole and extra double the diameter. The sound on a bass flute is produced by blowing a lot of air over the hole on the mouth-piece. Half of your breath goes into the flute and half goes over top of it. When you blow into a flute, the lip plate should torn-apart your breath. You have to blow quite a lot of air over the hole on the mouth-piece because most of air when you blow across, escapes. Closing the key holes creates different tones. The whistling sound is made by the breath that travels across the opening of the flute.
MUSICIAN OF BASS FLUTE
Carla Rees is an alto and bass flute professional, based in London. She is the artistic director of rarescale, a collective which occurs to promote the alto flute and its range. She plays Kingma System quarter tone instruments and works often in teamwork with creators to develop new range and techniques. She was now tempting to composers to send before submitted scores and any new works for alto or bass flute.