Flutes were originally made out of animal bones and were used in Europe in the Paleolithic era. It was not until the sixteenth century during the Renaissance period that the prototype of the flute that plays such a prominent role in the modern orchestra first emerged and came into widespread use.
The term “flute” was originally applied both to pipe instruments held sideways and pipe instruments held vertically. Thus, the vertically held recorder was also called a “flute.” Up until around the middle of the eighteenth century (the era of Baroque music), the word “flute” was commonly used to describe the recorder. To distinguish the transverse flute from the recorder, it was referred to in Italian as the flauto traverso, in German as the Querflöte, and in French as the flûte traversière-all of which mean “sideways held flute.”
Age of the flute
Flutes dated back to 35,000 years ago have been found in Germany, making the flute one of the oldest instruments in the world!
Throughout history flutes have been made from a number of different materials including wood, bone, ivory, glass, silver, gold, and platinum.
Who plays the flute?
A person that plays the flute may be referred to as a flautist, a flutist, a flute player, and less commonly as a fluter or flutenist.
The earliest written reference of the flute dates back to 2600-2700 BC. This instrument is referred to throughout history.
Some famous flautists you may not have known about include; Halle Berry, Alanis Morissette, Gwen Stefani, Tina Fey, and Leonardo Da Vinci.
Flute in concert
The standard concert flute has a range of about 3 octaves (roughly between C4 and C7) and is one of the highest-pitched instruments.
Renting a flute from Presto Instruments is very easy! The expense of purchasing your own instrument can be quite daunting which is why renting a flute from us can give you the chance to try it out without the commitment of purchasing your own instrument.
Once you complete the rental process, your flute will be delivered direct to your door. Our beautifully presented, quality instruments are checked over and professionally cleaned so that you can begin your journey of learning the flute with complete confidence.
Please click the “rent a flute” button below for pricing and registration.
Here are some videos that will help you get ready before your first flute lesson.
How to correctly assemble your flute
How to make a sound on the flute
Getting ready to play your flute
If there are any other tutorial videos that you would like to see, please send us a message via the contact us page and we will do our best to find or produce a video to add here.