Flutes are in the woodwind family, even though they don’t use wooden reeds. Instead, sound is made from air passing over an open hole. The keys on a flute are similar to the keys on clarinets and saxophones by the way they are individually screwed to the instrument, and by the way the pads under the keys create a seal when they are pressed to change notes. Flutes are made of semi-precious and precious metals. Some are made of nickle with silver plating, some are solid silver, and others made from gold.
Styles of Music:
The flute is a highly versatile instrument with a strong footing in classical music that can be seen in both concert bands and orchestras. It is also very jazzy instrument and over time, many musicians have created fun and innovative sounds with the flute. It is an exciting and challenging instrument to learn, and great for seasoned musicians to pick up as a secondary instrument. The flute can be seen marching in military bands, in a formal concert hall, or in a more quiet setting like a coffee shop. Regardless of where it’s being played, the flute will always remain timeless.