When we state a flute is in the key of A we mean that its lowest note is the A above center C on a piano. A vibrates at 440 Hz. A high keyed flute usually vibrate at a quicker rate than A. A lower keyed flute can vibrate at a slower rate than A. The lower the key of an Indian flute the longer the barrel of the flute. An A has a barrel length of about twelve along with a half inches. A flute in the key of E usually have a barrel length of seventeen along with a half inches. The barrel of the flute is the hollow chamber where sound vibrations are produced.
Love flutes in the keys of A above center C through E below center C are frequently called mid range flutes. Lower keyed flutes are called bass flutes when they are in the octave below C and double bass flutes when they are 2 octaves below. Higher keyed flutes are called treble flutes.
As you are able to imagine lower keyed Native American flutes is somewhat harder to hold and play. Not only is a flute in a lower key bigger and heavier. But, the tone holes that the fingers should cover are further apart. A beginner Indian flute player is advised to start with a comfortable size flute like an A or G.
The tonal standard of every individual note is distinctive. So moreover is the tonal standard of flutes in different keys. A flute in the key of A can play a mode 1 pentatonic scale consisting of the notes A, C, D, E, G. A flute in the key of G may play a mode 1 pentatonic scale consisting of the notes G, A#, C, D, F. So, as you can see (and hear) flutes in different keys will play scales composed of different combinations of notes.
Some people experience each note as having a corresponding color. Or the different notes can be compared to different flavors of sound. Just as there are different flavors of ice cream there are different flavors of sound. The note G has a different tonal flavor than the note A. Higher tones vibrate at more rapid rates and convey more energy. They are more stimulating. Lower notes are more relaxed and meditative. Perhaps you are familiar with the sound of the Penny Whistle used in much Irish dance music. The Penny Whistle is usually in the key of what is commonly called high D. High D is the second D above middle C on the piano. This instrument has a very penetrating and stimulating sound. The dance steps of Irish clog dancing reflect this intensity. They are rapid and energetic. The dancers whirl and stomp. Contrast this to the music of a waltz in the key E.
The sound of a Love flute in the key of F, E, Eb or D is more meditative in quality. Most of the prospective buyers who sample the sounds on my website are attracted to these lower keyed flutes.
The keys of different Native American style flutes are often assigned to different areas of the human body and their associated energy centers. These energy centers are called Chakras. There are seven charkas. The lowest is at the base of the spine and the highest is at the crown of the head. According to tradition the lowest chakra vibrates at the pitch of D. The second chakra in the lower abdominal region is E. the solar plexus chraka is F. The heart chraka is F#. The chakra in the neck or thyroid area is G. The forehead or eye center chakra is G# and the chakra at the crown of the head is A. It is thought that each of these centers vibrates in harmony with its certain musical note.
The key of F# is occasionally called the de facto key of the Native American fashion flute. It has attained this status by use. The majority of recorded Native American fashion flute music is performed with an F# flute. Additionally, F# is a popular flute key among recreational players. There appears to be no rational explanation for this. Perhaps it really is because thus much NA flute music is music of the heart. The issue with a Love flue in the key of F# is the fact that F# is not a normal musical key. So additional musicians – guitarists, pianist etc – might have a difficult time playing with you. The keys of A, G and E are more widespread.
In purchase to locate out what flute key is right for you hear to sound samples. You usually understand it when what you hear feels right to you.