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Irish Flute with Traditional Irish Tuning - Ebony - Roosebeck

Discover the Timeless Melodies of the Emerald Isle with the Roosebeck Irish Flute in Ebony.
Immerse yourself in the rich tradition of Irish music with the Roosebeck Irish Flute in Ebony, meticulously crafted for enthusiasts and musicians alike. Tuned to the traditional Irish scale, this flute in the key of D captures the authentic sound of Celtic melodies, providing a unique musical experience.

Key Features:
Traditional Irish Tuning: Designed with the traditional Irish scale, this flute brings an authentic sound to your music. The intentionally flat F#, sharp A, flat C#, and flat bottom D contribute to the distinctive character of the Irish Flute.

Ebony Construction: Crafted from ebony, a dense and resonant wood, this flute delivers a warm and nuanced tone. The dark, elegant finish adds to its aesthetic appeal.

Tunability: The flute is tunable, with upper two sections featuring a brass slide for additional tuning. The center section, with taped and thread-wrapped ends, securely slides into the top and bottom sections.

Assemblage and Portability: The flute comes in four parts, assembling to a length of 26 inches when closed. A padded gig bag ensures safe and convenient transportation.

Tuning Tips: Understand the unique tuning of the Irish Flute, and embrace the tradition. Learn to adjust the embouchure and use the tuning slide for precise tuning.

Playing and Tuning Tips:

If you use fingering like a whistle, you'll find some notes of your Irish Flute sound "off." The traditional Irish flute is purposely tuned a bit flat. The F# is flat, the A is sharp, the C# is flat, and the bottom D is flat. Flautists believe these "off" notes came to the flute in the early 19th century. Explanations include: flutes were not originally played with "whistle" fingering; the "off" notes are a result of a 3-octave tempered scale; the "off" notes compensated for the flautist Charles Nicholson's method of blowing the bottom notes (G-D) more strongly than the A; and that the A and C# need to be slightly "off" in order to produce a good cross-fingered C-natural. Regardless of the reason, the traditional tuning for the Irish Flute is a bit flat.

Tuning a Flute with the Slide and Embouchure

Until you can produce good strong notes over the lower and upper octaves, don't worry about tuning. When you are ready, start by positioning the tuning slide so you produce a strong, full G at proper pitch. Beginners usually blow harder on the second octave causing it to sound sharp. With the flute, you don't blow harder to get the second octave; you adjust your embouchure by tipping your head up or down slightly, or by rolling the flute toward or away from you. Blowing down into the hole makes a note flatter, and blowing across the hole makes it sharper. Your tuning will improve, as your lip muscles strengthen and you develop a tighter embouchure.

Tuning a Flute with the Head End Cork

If the head-cork moves, your flute will get out of tune with itself (i.e., low notes not in tune with high notes). If this happens, use a 1/2-5/8" dowel apply steady, gentle pressure to move the cork. Keep the barrel section slid over the tuning slide so that you do not damage the slide. The cork is in the correct position when you are able to play both low B and high B in tune with each other.

Specifications:
Weight: 1 lb. (Flute), 2 lbs. (with Case)
Dimensions: 26 inches (Length), 1 inch (Height), 1 inch (Width)

Embark on a musical journey steeped in Irish tradition with the Roosebeck Irish Flute in Ebony. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced flautist, this instrument offers an authentic and captivating experience, allowing you to weave the magical melodies of the Emerald Isle.


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SKU#: 47-IRFBN
MSRP:$359.00
Price: $290.00
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