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The Flute

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Heather McNeil

on 27 April 2014

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My Instrument
Most modern flutes are made of common yellow brass, plated with silver. Flutes are part of the woodwind family, and produce noise by blowing onto a sharp edge, causing air enclosed in a tube to vibrate. The pitch ranges from a D to a Bb. There are many different types of flutes including

* Piccolo in C or D-flat (also smallest in size of the flute family)
* Treble flute in G
* Soprano flute in Eb
* Concert flute (also called C flute, boehm flute, silver flute, or simply flute - most commonly used of the flute family)
* Flûte d'amour (also called tenor flute) in B-flat or A
* Alto flute in G (also bigger than the concert flute)
* Bass flute in C (bigger than the alto flute, AND has a curved head. Usually the lowest flute in a flute choir)
* Contrabass flute in C (also called octobass flute)
* Hyperbass flute in C (also spelled hyper-bass flute)

Concert flutes, which are the most common, usually appear to be silver and have many keys. They are 66cm long.
Physical Demands
The physical demands of playing the flute include lung strength, to be able to blow air to produce noise, and arm strength, so your arms don't hurt while you are holding the flute. Another physical demand of playing the flute is having good posture. Good posture is important to let the air flow freely through your body. Having good physical fitness affects your performance a lot. First of all, how you look affects overall performance, but it also having good posture and fitness allows the sound of the instrument to be better. Another very important physical demand of playing the flute is being able to move your fingers swiftly. If a flute player were to have arthritis, then it would make it very difficult to play their instrument.
Type of Music
Flutists play their instruments in orchestras, bands, or solo. Flutes are very good with solos, and harmonize well in a group. Usually flutes share the melody with the trumpets. Flutes are usually seated near the clarinets.
Famous Flute Players
There are many famous flute players, including Ian Anderson, Jeanne Baxtresser, William Bennett, Leone Buyse, and Michael Cox. To speak about now, I have chosen Canada's own Robert Aitken. Robert Aitken is known throughout the world as a composer, conductor and a flutist. Born Kentville, Nova Scotia, Canada 28 August 1939, Aitken is 75 years old. Robert started out playing in orchestras, and afterward started his own solo career, which made him known around the world. After flute studies with Nicolas Fiore in Toronto (1955-59) he became principal flute of the Vancouver S. O. (the youngest principal in that orchestra’s history) while studying composition with Barbara Pentland at U.B.C. Robert has more than 70 recordings to his name.

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