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One of the most loved solo instruments since the 10th century the flute has changed in construction since then so that it may be able to comply with our demanding musical techniques today The flute is considered in the aero phone family of which the sound is created from air vibrations Throughout the world different cultures have interpreted their own types of flutes according to their needs Some of those different types of flutes will be discussed later The history of the flute can be divided into five sections Primitive Middle Ages Renaissance Baroque ClassicalRomantic and Twentieth Century During each of these periods the flute changed in construction and the material it is made of to meet the needs of whoever played it Primitive flutes are dated back before the 12th century in France Early men considered flutes imperative in life just as a bone scraper was needed to survive Curt Sachs the author of The History of Musical Instruments said the men according to custom primarily performed the flute during ceremonial activities in all countries The early flutes had one hole Later in this era three finger holes were introduced The side blown flute was usually held to the right of the player however there has been some evidence that left-handed flutes existed Next the Cross Flute was a straight flute that was considered beaked or a recorder This particular flute was end-blown It was more difficult to play than the side-blown flute The Whistle Flute was more complicated than the Cross Flute It was made of bird bones and the largest ones were made of cane Last of all they were quite common in this era They were blown thru the nose instead of the mouth They came in two different sizes tubular or global Brazils Nose Flutes had two finger holes The Jivaro head hunters stopped a Nose Flute up at both
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