Acoustics of baroque, classical and modern flutes

modern flute
classical flute
baroque flute

flute fingering legend

Music Acoustics UNSW

Modern Flute

Classical Flute

Baroque Flute

Fingering examples for F4 and F5

In the note name convention used here, middle C is C4 and the note below it is B3.

The number(s) below the note name(s) is the nominal frequency in Herz (equal tempered scale at A4 = 440 Hz). No such numbers are given for the classical flutes, which are not designed for equal temperament, or for the multiphonics, whose tuning is only approximate.


a half-sharp
# a sharp
#/ one and a half-sharps
a half-flat

Copyright © Academic Press. JSV+ Joe Wolfe, John Smith, John Tann and Neville H. Fletcher, Acoustics of baroque, classical and modern flutes
Revised to include the baroque flute 2001.