Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Difference between a Flute and a Piccolo

We are often asked to explain the differences between a flute and a piccolo. The two instruments are similar looking and are both wind instruments. In general, the main difference between them is the size of the instruments and the octaves they can play. 

The Flute is pitched in C and is made of silver, gold, or platinum. Flutes have a range of three and a half octaves. The piccolo plays an octave higher than the regular treble flute. The fingerings are basically the same for both the flute and piccolo. 

In general, the Piccolo is exactly half the size of the flute, and plays an octave higher than the regular treble flute. Its highest notes correspond to the top notes of a piano. Piccolos can be made of silver or different types of wood, most often grenadilla. The piccolo has one less key than the flute, and possesses a range of just under three octaves. 

For more details about flutes and piccolos visit Scott Russ Music in Merrick.

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