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Author:  jim stone [ Wed May 15, 2019 2:16 pm ]
Post subject:  What does one use an F flute for?

What use are these for those of us who tend to play ITM?
I reckon busking is one, but I wonder about others.

Author:  Steve Bliven [ Wed May 15, 2019 3:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: What does one use an F flute for?

* Flute band music
* Practice instrument for playing while the dog wanders in the back yard
* To annoy pipers
* Because they are lively and fun
* You know someone with an F whistle

Best wishes

Steve

Author:  Conical bore [ Wed May 15, 2019 6:27 pm ]
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Playing all those neat Lúnasa tunes they play on low F whistle in the same key?

I had a Reviol low F whistle for a while. Eventually sold it, because nice as it was, I was more interested in learning tunes I could play with others. And that led to learning flute instead of faffing around with low whistles. If you only play tunes for yourself, it's in a nice range for some things, and no doubt helps with embouchure development.

Author:  BrendanB [ Wed May 15, 2019 10:28 pm ]
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playing tunes - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frCr-H-qwtg

Author:  paddler [ Thu May 16, 2019 1:07 am ]
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I use mine for learning tunes that I have heard played on F flutes and whistles on various CDs of Irish
and Breton players. The responsiveness and agility of an F flute makes it really fun to play such tunes.

Here is a clip that illustrates some of the capabilities of a F flute in the hands of a really good player.

Author:  Torrin Riáin [ Thu May 16, 2019 12:00 pm ]
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In addition to the above:
For accompanying songs in C or F (or whatever relative keys)
For playing tunes with that one friend with an F harmonica
It's a nice alternative to a C flute for C or F tunes (as evidenced by the Seán + Jesse clip posted above)

Author:  will marshall [ Fri May 17, 2019 8:27 am ]
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I don't like to bottle out of using the keys on a D flute, but G minor can be a bit of a struggle at speed. On an F flute, however - hey presto, say goodbye to G minor misery!

Author:  Casey Burns [ Fri May 17, 2019 9:33 am ]
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The narrower bore versions are used by the musicians in Galicia and are called "Requintas". These were originally based on French flutes left behind by Napoleon's armies, and adopted for Galician music in the early 1900s in an attempt to modernize the sound and diversify the repertoire. The range of pitches for these actually stretches between F and G. These play almost the same music as the Gaita bagpipes - usually an octave above them. Here is one of Galicia's best examples:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YrTCd03XH1o&t=366s

I play this style and occasionally make Requintas. These with a pipe band below me are actually my favorite flute to play!

Casey

Author:  RudallRose [ Fri May 17, 2019 5:28 pm ]
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Gallegos, please Casey.

:thumbsup:

Author:  ChrisCracknell [ Mon May 20, 2019 6:19 am ]
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I find it useful for playing along to quite a lot of the music popular here - stuff from old German manuscripts, Swedish stuff, north European folk, French stuff. Often notated and played in F or BFlat, so I can either use the keys or take the keyless in F, Both options are possible but lead to a very different result. And there is an elegance to playing on a keyless that is rather nice. Note, once learned on any keyless instrument, the tune can be played in any of the other keys using the whistle technique of swapping instrument. This alone is very useful when singers or guitar players liek to shift key for their own comfort. (As mentioned G Minor is rather popular in some circles, e.g. some varieties of pipes play naturally in G minor.) For this I have flutes in low A, D, EFlat, F and g and whistles in C, A and G (amongst others).

The flute itself is fun for playing alone, busking or in a pre-arranged band context.

And I have one for sale... ;-) African Blackwood, Sweetheart, in Europe, €250. Contact me for more info.

Author:  mendipman [ Mon May 20, 2019 3:01 pm ]
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I play tunes on mine.

More enjoyable than unblocking a sink with it.

Author:  plunk111 [ Mon May 20, 2019 8:29 pm ]
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RudallRose wrote:
Gallegos, please Casey.

:thumbsup:


???

Pat

Author:  MadmanWithaWhistle [ Thu May 23, 2019 10:53 am ]
Post subject:  Re: What does one use an F flute for?

You use it for Boss. (bleep). Tunes.

In fact I think it's actually illegal to use a D flute to play Dermott Grogan's. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfqirEriI4k

Only bangin' tunes are played on the F flute (or three-quarter flute, as it's often called).

....

Seriously though, the way I heard it was that they made their way down from the flute (marching) bands Northern Ireland into areas like North Connaught, where they were taken up by traditional musicians. Being a poorer area historically, maybe only a few people per village could own/play an instrument, and so the fact that it was in the key of F didn't really matter. It's also more comfortable for the fingers, cuts through noise better since it's higher pitched, and requires less air. Certainly if I were the one fellow tapped to play for a kitchen full of dancers, I'd reach for my F.

Author:  RudallRose [ Thu May 30, 2019 2:30 pm ]
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plunk111 wrote:
RudallRose wrote:
Gallegos, please Casey.

:thumbsup:


???

Pat


We prefer to be called Gallegos, not Galicians.
Galicia is where we are from; Gallego is what we are called.

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