The Flute

The flute is a timely musical instrument dating back to ancient civilizations. It is a type of musical instrument that is classified as a woodwind instrument. An important distinction about flutes is that they do not have reeds. The technical term for this is aerophone instrument. The sound is produced simply through its passage in the tube.

Astonishingly flutes have been found dating back to 43 000 years. They are very historical instruments and flutists – in addition to playing an instrument for the sake of music – revel in the sense of history that the instrument has. Few other instruments have been around for such a long time, delighting listeners.

Flutes have been used throughout the ages for a variety of purposes – in Japan the flutes are used to accompany a meditation, so it becomes a sort of moving mediation. The flute is also used in Hinduism and is used extensively in Indian music.

Fun Flute Facts

  • Flutes can be made of different woods such as bamboo to synthetic materials. Older flutes can even be found in bone silver, gold and even platinum.
  • People who play are the flute are often called flautists or more rare to come across is the term fluter or flutenist all of which are perfectly acceptable to use.
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  • When used in an orchestra, the flute creates one of the highest sounds (the piccolo makes the highest).
  • In 2011 the largest flute ensemble came together – 3,742 flautists played together in Hirosaki in Japan.
  • Some flutes – like panpipes – are played vertically. Other flutes – like the modern ones used in an orchestra – are played horizontally.
  • The flute family consists of many different sized flutes – the piccolo, alto, tenor, bass and the contrabass.