About wood flutes
Wood flutes and piccolos are some of the most beautiful, versatile, and sought-after musical instruments. For centuries, concert flute have been made of wood, providing an incredibly dynamic, emotive sound that continues to capture the imagination of musicians and audience alike. Here are a few things you should know about wood flutes and wood piccolos:
The Feel of Playing Wood Flutes and Wood Piccolos
Playing a wood flute or piccolo can often provide you with a deep level of personal satisfaction, as they are known to help deliver an incredibly expressive, nuanced sound. The tone of wood can elicit a variety of emotions and moods – from haunting and sorrowful to joyful and celebratory. With a much lower material density than metal flutes, the wood concert flute will respond differently to your air and articulation, opening a new range of tone colors.
The Different Types of Wood
There are numerous types of woods used in crafting flutes and piccolos, each with its own qualities. The woods picked for flutes generally have a high density compared to other woods. As each wood has unique characteristics, its important to choose a type that aligns with the sound you are hoping to create.
Proper care and maintenance are critical for ensuring the longevity and performance of a wood flute. Wood flutes should be stored in a climate-controlled environment, shielded from sunlight and humidity, to avoid warping, cracking, or other damage to the wood. Regular cleaning and oiling of the wood will help to preserve the instrument’s natural finish. Consider keeping your wood flute or piccolo in its best shape with the regular maintenance included in a Flute Care subscription.
Overall, wood flutes and piccolos offer a unique appeal and beautiful sound that is unmatched by synthetic instruments and separate from metal instruments. With the right care and maintenance, a wood flute or piccolo can last for your career, providing you with a source of inspiration from its warm, rich tone for years to come.
Matthew Allison, D.M.A.