The High Pitched Beauty of the Flute
The flute is a member of the woodwind family and is played by blowing air across the mouth of the instrument instead of using a reed, which makes it rather distinct from most other woodwind instruments.
It appears that the flute has been around for thousands of years and predates many of the instruments most are familiar with today. In fact, there have been flutes found that have been dated to be as old as 30,000 years. There have been many flutes found that have been made out of the bones of animals or out of different kinds of wood.
To change the sounds that the flute makes, the musician covers the different holes in the body, either with the pad of their fingers or by pressing the keys. The different combinations of open and closed holes in the flute create different pitches and sounds.
The air that the musician puts into the flute can also determine the different pitches. By changing the amount of air the musician blows into the flute, they can create different pitches without needing to worry about opening or closing the holes in the flute.
Changing how loud a flute can be requires a change in the size of the flute. More specifically, the flute would need to have larger holes, a larger resonator and/or more air. It is possibly for these reasons that the flute has been adapted and changed so much throughout history.
Today, there are a few different kinds of flutes. Some flutes are with keys, some are with keys, some are open-ended and others are closed-ended and are referred to as fipple flutes. There are flutes that make deeper, richer sounds and are typically larger flutes. Then, there are flutes that make lighter, higher sounds and are often smaller flutes. Others are a medium sound, meaning that they are not too deep either.
Flutes are not the most difficult instrument to play, but it takes a certain level of discipline and practice in order to gain proper control of how much air is blown into the flute. It also takes a lot of practice to be able to play, which is true with all instruments.
Many will choose to play the flute because they are attracted to the instrument's angel-like sound. The flute has a delicate sound that many enjoy listening to and it is often used by people who are looking for something relaxing to listen to.
The flute is quite possibly one of the oldest musical instruments out there and it could be that the flute is so familiar that most find it comforting. It has been developed and used all over the world and has taken many forms due to the different materials available, as well as the different sounds different people were looking for.
Other than some recent additions of keys on some types of flutes, most flutes are simple and basic. Overall, this beautiful instrument has never really needed any major changes to its design, probably because there is no way to make the sound any more perfect than it already is.