It’s blog carousel time! This months theme is music, which I thought would be the perfect opportunity to take a few portraits of my daughter with her flute! I had to grab her “as-is” so these are very casual on a summer afternoon, which I think is great because that’s exactly how she is. I may have to have her get the flute out another time when she is dressed up, but usually for concerts and such I grab my point and shoot, so I can relax and enjoy the show!
And if you wanted to know, here are some fun facts about the flute! (from the blog http://blog.sheetmusicplus.com) Hannah is very proud of her instrument! She is using her flute with a curved neck joint, when long arms are not your forte. It’s been so much easier for her to play this way and she enjoys it much more now that she’s comfortable playing.
- A musician who plays the flute can be referred to as a flute player, a flautist, a flutist, or, less commonly, a fluter.
- There are many different sizes of flutes within the flute family: piccolo, alto, tenor, bass and contrabass flute.
- Standard concert flute is pitched in the key of C, and has a range of approximately 3 octaves.
- Alto flute is pitched in the key of G
- Flutes have been made out of lots of different materials throughout history including: bone, wood, glass, ivory, plastic, resin, brass, nickel silver, silver, gold and platinum.
- Theobald Boehm helped create the modern Western flute. He started improving flute design and the fingering system of the flute between 1831 and 1847. Most flutists had adopted Boehm’s changes to the design by the second half of the 19th century.
- George Washington, James Madison and Leonardo da Vinci all played the flute.
- Flutes are considered one of the earliest instruments and date back to Germany over 35,000 years ago.
- Many cultures have their own version of the flute. For example, one of the most popular traditional Japenese flutes is the the Shakuhachi.
- The earliest use of the word “flute” was in the 14th century
Now please take a moment to visit the next photographer’s blog post in this carousel (and go around until you come back here) and visit very talented Dena Robles, who is a Michigan family and child photographer.