About the Flute

The flute is a woodwind instrument and is one of the most popular orchestral instruments. It has a range of 3 octaves starting from middle C and a musician who plays a flute is called a flautist. Most student level flutes are silver-plated and some come with double silver-plating for durability. A curved head flute is a good option for smaller children who cannot reach all of the keys. The curved head joint brings the flute closer to the body.

What material is the flute made from?

The flute is generally made from nickel silver with silver-plating. Intermediate to professional flutes can be solid silver and it is also possible to purchase a silver-plated flute with solid silver lip plates and head joints. For a beginner or student a silver-plated flute is the standard option and very adequate for their needs.

Should the flute have an offset G key?

One option on flutes is the offset G key. This is where the G keys are repositioned to make it easier to play - particularly for smaller children and inexperienced players. This feature is standard on most student level flutes and has no effect on the sound of the instrument.

What is a split E key?

The split E key makes the third octave easier to play. It is not standard on all flutes however with our rental program you can choose a new Jupiter or Pearl flute with the split E key function.

A Flute Fact! The flute and piccolo are the only instruments in the woodwind family that don’t use a reed to produce their sound.

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