What is a flute?
The flutes are the oldest category of woodwind instrument. There were flutes as early as the ninth century BCE. The basic design is a tube with an embouchure hole into which the player blows and finger holes to control the pitch. The modern flute was developed in 1830 by Theobald Boehm and incorporates his fingering system.
Flutes and piccolos were both originally made of wood, but now they are generally metal. Unlike woodwind instruments with reeds, a flute is a ...(more)