Flute keys

The key of a pentatonic flute is based on the lowest note of your flute, played with all holes closed. It determines the pitch of the flute (high or low sound), the overall length of your flute, and its price.

High, midtone, low and bass flutes

First and most importantly when buying a flute is the sound it makes. Do you want a high sounding flute, a midtone, or maybe you prefer a deeper, lower sounding instrument?

In the table below are all my available flute keys from highest sounding flute (Key of High C) to lowest (Key of Bass C):

High Midtone Low Bass
Key of C Key of B Key of Bb Key of A Key of G# Key of G Key of F# Key of F Key of E Key of D# Key of D Key of C# Key of C

The lower the key of a flute, the larger the flute will be in both length and diameter. Many people prefer the sound of lower sounding flutes. But lower and bass flutes can be more difficult to play and they come with a higher price tag.

 

First and most importantly when buying a flute is the sound it makes. Do you want a high sounding flute, a midtone, or maybe you prefer a deeper, lower sounding instrument?

In the table below are all my available flute keys from highest sounding flute (Key of High C) to lowest (Key of Bass C):

High Key of C
Key of B
Key of Bb
Key of A
Midtone Key of G#
Key of G
Key of F#
Low Key of F
Key of E
Key of D#
Bass Key of D
Key of C#
Key of C

 

The lower the key of a flute, the larger the flute will be in both length and diameter. Many people prefer the sound of lower sounding flutes. But lower and bass flutes can be more difficult to play and they come with a higher price tag.

Best key for beginners?

If you're looking to buy your first flute my advise is to start on a midtone or high flute because these are the most easy to play for everyone. If your flute is lower (and therefore longer and wider) finger holes will be wider and positioned further from each other, making them more difficult to play.

In case you have normal or large-sized hands, lower flutes can also be a beginner option. But, also breath control is a little more sensitive on lower/bigger flutes so you might need some extra patience.

If you already have some experience playing the flute, you are more than likely able to play any of my lower flutes without any trouble.

To get better idea of prices for different keys, take a look in my flute store.

 

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