Our Premiere model Native American style flute in the key of Low C has a deep and full voice. This key of flute is large and will be better suited for someone who has experience playing flutes or other instruments. They are amazing to play!
Our Premiere Native American style flute in the key of C is available in both an alto and bass tuning. Both flutes are tuned to the pentatonic minor scale in the key of C which means the highest and lowest notes on this flute will play the key of C (not including overblow notes). The alto C is a small flute measuring 18 inches (45.72 mc) long. It is smaller in diameter, and higher in pitch than our key of A flute. The alto C flute has a bright and cheerful voice.
Our Bass C flute in contrast has a deep and resonant voice. It is very large measuring 30 inches ( 76.2 cm) long with a 1 ¼ inch diameter. It is lower in pitch than our Bass D flute. Its size makes it more difficult to play, so I only recommend this key for people who have previous experience playing flutes and who have worked down to the lower keys increasing their finger dexterity.
The finger holes on all of our bass flutes are clustered in groups of three to make them easier to play
In the chart below you will see three scales that you can play on a six hole Native American style key of C 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 C are: C, C#,D, D# E,F,F#,G, G#, A, A#, B, C
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 C are: C,D#,F,G,A#,C
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 C are: C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C