Tag Archives: Flute

What Flute Would You Buy?

So, I get asked this question a lot from students or other musicians. If you had say, $1000 to spend on a Flute, what would you get? Or if you had $2000? Or $4000? or $5000?

Me, I’d get a used flute. A Haynes perhaps, or a Powell. I lucked out on getting a used Closed hole Haynes from $700 about 8 years ago. A repad job later it plays great.

James Galway 16 Flute Video

James Galway recently did a video where he played 16 of his flutes. He took out the color so there was no cheating as to what material the flute being played was made out of. I thought they all sounded great.

Here are the details of which flute was which.

  1. Lois Lot silver 10032
  2. Muramatsu silver EX 53320. / Muramatsu Pads
  3. A.K. Cooper 164 silver with a Haynes Head / Pads unknown
  4. Muramatsu all silver 14657 / Muramatsu Pads
  5. Muramatsu Platinum 44755 / C# trill Muramatsu Pads
  6. J.Brogger. 18k gold 555 with a Nagahara head. c# trill key and Straubinger Pads
  7. Muramatsu 18k gold 61700 / C# trill Muramatsu Pads
  8. A. K. Cooper 14k gold 188 (Berlin Phil flute) Left hand low C# key Pads Unknown
  9. Emanuel 18k gold 150 C# Trill key Pads unknown
  10. A.K.Cooper. 14k gold 197 Straubinger Pads
  11. Kanichi Nagahara 20k gold 550 C# Platinum riser
  12. Muramatsu 9k gold 64200 / C# trill Muramatsu Pads
  13. Muramatsu 14k 38220 Muramatsu Pads
  14. Kanichi Nagahara 18k gold 518 C# Trill key and Platinum riser
  15. Muramatsu 24k gold 60100 / C# trill key Muramatsu Pads
  16. Muramatsu 24k gold 55555 / Switchable split E and Muramatsu pads.

I’m curious as to why Sir James does not have a Powell nor a Haynes in his collection? Or even a Yamaha?

Beatboxing On Flute

Greg Patillo has some excellent youtube videos of him beatboxing and playing flute.

Inspector Gadget

Super Mario Brothers!

Excellent stuff. He has a Myspace page (I hate myspace). Check him out!

If you want to learn more about beatboxing, check out Humanbeatbox. They have some videos and tutorials there. I found the site very enjoyable, especially some of the demos. The guy has this English/Australian accent that just cracks me up. (L as in Lollipop).

But seriously, beatboxing and flute is a very cool thing. Coolest thing I’ve heard since Tom Scott’s flute solo on Patrick Williams tune Threshold.

Any recommendations for Jazz Flute CD’s?

Kanga asked “I recently picked up my flute again after many years to introduce my kids to music theory. I have in the past only played classical pieces and was interested in Jazz. Thank you for such a great site! I have been getting my lips and fingers working together again with your exercises and patterns. Do you have any recommendations for a few good Jazz Flute CD’s that I can listen to?”

Yeah, there are a lot. I’d start with finding stuff from Jim Walker and Freeflight. Then, you could look into Nestor Torres, Robert Dick, Hubert Laws and others.

EXTREME FLUTE’s New Release, “Scratch It!”

Bill McBirnie writes "EXTREME FLUTE
(A Bill McBirnie Production)
Scratch It!


--As a follow-up to Extreme Flute (A Bruce Jones/Bill McBirnie Collaboration), "Desvio", Bill McBirnie has released his first self-produced CD, "Scratch It!", in which he single-handedly executes every facet of the work from composition and performance through to engineering and mixing. The most striking element of the
production is, of course, his remarkable flute playing which includes performances on the entire family of flutes--C flute, alto flute, bass flute and piccolo."

"The repertoire covers an astonishing range of styles--from the salsa grooves of ?Crescent Wrench? to the impressionism of ?Free Diving?--complete with a host of idioms in between including the be-bopping on ?I?m Confessin?? to the hip-hopping on the title track, ?Scratch It!?


Bill is well known as one of Canada?s finest jazz flutists. However, this production reflects a breadth of ability and proficiency that cannot be gleaned from any of his previously recorded works. Accordingly, this CD will undoubtedly re-establish him as a
flutist of both consummate and comprehensive skill. Indeed, it is conceivable that many listeners will never have heard the instrument played in an improvisatory context with such flair and conviction.


On all levels, whether musical or technical, the quality of Bill?s playing is striking as it runs the gamut from sensuous to funky to dazzling. Both the range of material and the exceptional calibre of his performances yield a result that can be quite fittingly characterized as--EXTREME FLUTE.


Included in the CD are the following selections:

1-Crescent Wrench (4:48)
2-Find Your Place (5:57)
3-Scratch It! (6:15)
4-Canto de Escravo (Slaves Song) (Celso Machado-SOCAN) (3:22)
5-I?m Confessin? (Neiburg, Dougherty, Reynolds-ASCAP) (5:45)
6-Free-Diving (Version 1) (5:10)
7-Soul Survivor (4:31)
8-Canto de Escravo (Slaves Song) (Celso Machado-SOCAN)--Reprise (3:19)
9-Scratch It!--Reprise (3:48)
10-Missing You (4:40)
11-Honesty, Thrift & Industry (7:34)
12-Free-Diving (Version 2) (6:11)
13-Theme From Rocky & Bullwinkle (Frank Comstock-ASCAP) (0:24)
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Bill McBirnie--Flutes & Piccolo, Miscellaneous Percussion, Composer-SOCAN (except where otherwise indicated), Producer, Engineering, Mixing
--Phone: (416) 652-1541
--e-mail: billmcb@idirect.com

Interesting self promotion. Now, the last part has me interested. You seem to have done all this by yourself? Got clips?