|Acoustics of baroque, classical and modern flutes|
to acoustic impedance
This fingering is comparable to that for F4 except for the use of one of the G# keys and the LH thumb key as register holes. Comparing this with the F4 impedance spectrum, we see that the fifth minimum is a little deeper. The first minimum plays ~C5 and the second ~B5 but, because it is a cross fingering for these notes, their timbres are darker. Combinations of these three notes may be played simultaneously as multiphonics. Compare the impedance spectrum with that for C7 on a flute with a B foot, whose working minimum is several dB deeper. The enhanced ease of playing C7 softly is an advantage of the B foot.
Sound spectrum of a modern flute with a C foot played using fingering for C7.
You can hear C7 played by Geoffrey Collins.
|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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