Discover the Versatility of Key of D Flutes: From Bright and Cheerful to Low and Resonant

Our Premiere Native American style flute in the key of D is available in both an alto and bass tuning. The alto D is a very small flute measuring only 16inches (40.64 cm) long with a diameter only slightly larger than an adults thumb. These unique little flutes have a bright voice like a songbird and make an excellent addition to any flute collection.
Our Native American style bass D flute is one octave lower than the high D and in contrast has a deep and full voice. The bass D flute is large in length measuring 28 inches long (66.04) with a larger diameter than the key of F or E. The key of D is lower in pitch than the key of E. It is one of my personal favorite keys because it has the low voice of a bass flute but is smaller and more manageable to play. It is the smallest and highest pitched of our bass flutes and is a good choice for someone who wants to advance their flute playing to the largest bass flutes, the C and B.
The finger holes on all of our bass flutes are clustered in groups of three to make them easier to play.

Stellar Native American Flute Fingering Cart Key of D

In the chart below you will see three scales that you can play on a six hole Native American style key of D flute.

If you play every note pictured, you will be playing one octave and three notes of the “chromatic scale”. This scale takes a lot pf practice and we usually recommend you learn other scales first. This is all the notes your flute will play. The top three notes are achieved by blowing much harder and some flutes will not play the highest note pictured. The notes of the chromatic scale in the key of D are: D, D# E,F,F#,G, G#, A, A#, B C, C#, D

The shaded columns represent one octave of the “pentatonic minor scale”, this is the most common scale you hear people use for the Native flute. It is the easiest scale to play and the one we suggest you start with. These notes sound good in any order. The notes of the pentatonic minor scale in the key of D are: D,F,G,A,C,D

The columns with a * above them represent one octave of the “diatonic major scale”. This scale takes a little more work to memorize, but it is very useful for playing popular music. The notes of the diatonic major scale in the key of D are: D,E,F#,G,A,B,C#,D