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Flute (jazz)locked

  • Lewis Porter


A term applied generally to any wind instrument in which the air column is confined in a hollow body and activated by a stream of air from the player’s lips striking against the sharp edge of an opening (producing what is known acoustically as an “edge tone”). The vast number of instruments covered by this definition may be subdivided according to various secondary characteristics: the shape of the body, the number and kind of tone-holes, the shape and position of the mouth-hole, and so on. This article deals chiefly with the Western orchestral flute family and its use in jazz....

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