|Acoustics of baroque, classical and modern flutes|
Acoustic and Fingering Schematic
to acoustic impedance
This fingering has no noticeable cross fingering. Because of the filtering effect of the series of open tone holes, however, only the first two minima are harmonic, and so the third harmonic in the sound spectrum is weak. There is an impedance minimum to support the fourth harmonic however, and so this timbre is relatively bright. Unlike normal flutes, this fingering will not play C#6 accurately, because this minimum is already beyond the harmonic region.
Sound spectrum of a baroque flute played using fingering for C#5 with key.
You can hear C#5 played by Matthew Ridley.
|Acoustic measurements are available for these flutes -
modern B, modern C, classical C, classical D, classical flared, baroque
Sound clips are available for modern B, classical flared and baroque
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