The Wood Flute

The Airflow System

  • The airflow system directs air from the player into and through the flute in such a manner as to require minimal playing effort and learning time. It also responds nicely to overblowing.
  • When the player blows into the flute, the air molecules follow a determined path. They pass through the mouth piece and then slow down because of a plug inside the bore. They escape through the flue which is a narrow slot formed by the silicone band. In technical terms, the silicone band is called the fetish. The air molecules continue over the air hole and collide with the splitting edge. Some of the air molecules rise above the flute while others proceed into the bore. This alternating pattern causes a vibration and thus a sound.
  • The airflow system itself directs the air accurately across the air hole and into the splitting edge. In contrast, a side playing flute requires that the player directs the air him or herself. This takes skill and therefore time to learn. With the wood flute, you will be making beautiful sounds immediately.
  • Some notes tend to jump to a higher pitch. This is by design—it is accomplished by overblowing. This allows higher octaves to be played by the flute thus increasing its range.
  • Pitch is determined by the length of the flute—the longer the flute, the lower the pitch. When all the holes are covered, the full length of the flute is used. At this state, the flute plays its lowest pitch. This pitch is the key of the flute. In essense, by uncovering holes, the flute is shortened, and higher pitches are achieved.