Closed versus Open Hole Flutes?
To start with most learners will play on a closed hole flute, where all the keys you touch are covered by metal. This makes it much easier to produce first notes as you don't have to worry about whether your fingers are covering any holes.
When you reach grade 6 standard your teacher may recommend to try an open hole flute as part of your selection of upgrades. Without the holes being plugged with bungs made of various materials (even silver to camouflage) the first time you play an open hole flute it will not sound brilliant as the fingers will not be accustomed to the correct hand position needed, but don't let this put you off, try the flutes with the holes bunged up to get a better idea of tone and you can train your fingers after by removing one bung at a time starting from the bottom.
Here are some of the benefits to using open hole flutes:
- .Encourages good technique by enforcing a good hand position
- .Allows the production of microtones, multiphonics and slides for jazz and contemporary music.
- .Some people believe open holes make a purer sound but this is highly debated and not something I personally feel is true.
We have a wide range of open hole flutes in our shop in Taunton, Somerset available to try. Give us a call on 01823 282386 (option 1) to get some advice and arrange to test some out!