Music gives soul to universe it covers your all emotions and through this you can feel your life. Flute is one of the celebrated musical instruments of India that produces melodious sound when a torrent of air is directed against the edge of a flute hole, it causes the air to vibrate within the body of the instrument. Flute was mainly used in the religious music of the Buddhists in ancient India. Flute have various name such as venu, murali, bansuri, yamshi, kuzhal etc.
Flute is a bamboo tube shaped as cylindrical tube with mouth hole and closed from one end. There are numerous kind of flutes but their hole and length can vary. Long flutes have a rich and mellow tone but the tone of small flutes are high pitched. When anyone plays a flute then the flute is held in a horizontal position with slightly down direction. Use two thumbs to hold the flute in position,the left hand finger (three fingers) excluding(little finger) and the four finger of right hand are used to manipulate the flute holes and play. Horizontal Flutes are popular in south India and Bengal whereas vertical flutes are popular in North and West India.
Types of Flute
C flute is the most popular flute for those who are beginners. This type of flute is used in many ensembles including concert bands, orchestras, jazz bands etc.
Piccolo plays one octave above the C flute and it is a smaller version of the flute. Nowadays, the piccolo is used extensively in concert bands, orchestras etc. In marching bands metal or silver piccolo is widely used.
Alto flute is thicker and longer as compare to C flute. Alto flute is known for their mellow tone . To play this flute you need to require more breath
This kind of flute is pitched one octave below the concert flute. This flute is made up with curved head joint .
Facts for Flutes :-
- Person who plays the flute can be referred to as a flute player, a flautist, a flutist, or fluter.
- Flutes are referred as one of the earliest instruments and back to Germany over 35,000 years ago.
- In 14th Century the word flute was used.
- Flute family includes different size of flute such as piccolo, alto, tenor, bass and contrabass flute.
In India the most common name of flute is “Bansuri” and it is also referred as a very sensitive instrument. One of the most notable flautist is Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasya. He is an internationally famed world class flautist from India. Because of its outstanding contribution to music He got National Award of the Sangeet Natak Academy in 1984. He got ‘Padma Bhushan’ and the ‘Konarak Samman’ in 1992.
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