Some people may think that playing this little instrument is fairly easy. However, the flute, having a hole to blow across and not into, takes up more air than a tuba, the band instrument that takes up the second most air. First of all, you need to put it together. The mouthpiece goes into the barrel part of the body, and the small third part into the back of the body (the little piece should be adjusted so the pinky finger easily rests on the big key).
If you press the edge of the top of an empty bottle to your lower lip and blow lightly across, you will produce a pleasing musical tone that sounds like the flute. You can make it higher and higher by pouring first a little and then more and more water into the bottle. The flute is a hollow stick played in exactly the same way except that the player blows across a hole not at the top but near the top of the instrument, holding it sideways, not up and down. The sounds of the flute are made higher or lower by the opening or closing of the many little holes along its side
The flute was once made of wood. That is why it was called a woodwind. Today, the flute is often made of made of silver; yet it is still called a woodwind, and flute players sit in the woodwind section of the orchestra together with the piccolo, clarinets, oboe, English horn and bassoon.
The flute can do only a few things, but what it can do, it does very well. It can trill high and sweet like a bird, but it's not very loud. Most of the time, it sounds smooth, calm, cool and gentle. It is hardly ever restless now and then, the flute plays the melody, but usually it's tones blend with those of other instruments. Next to the drums, the flute is one of the oldest instruments still being played. The shepherds in the Bible played it, and the Indians played their love songs on the flute.
A person playing the flute. A piccolo is a smaller version of these.^_^
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