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Glossary of Native American Flute Terms and Related Musical Terms This glossary provides definitions, background information, and explanations for terms that relate to the Native American flute and its music.
Some of the entries are common terms currently used in the Native American flute community. Other terms are specific terms used on this web site. I also include music theory terms that are commonly used for the Native American flute. There is a balance here between precise definitions and comprehensible and helpful descriptions.
Rather than provide exhaustive definitions and cite references, I've provided what I hope is an explanation of the practical use of the terms.
In some cases, I am giving preference to a relatively new term for a concept, because I think it better represents the concept. Pronunciation for some words are provided, based on the Flutopedia Pronunciation Guide. If you have issues, questions, or suggestions on this information, or have suggestions for additions to this list, please contact me.
Acoustic Length The length of the resonating column of air inside the sound chamber of the flute when the fundamental note is played. The acoustic length determines the pitch or frequency of the note that is produced.
The acoustic length is typically longer than the physical length of the sound chamber, because of physical effects that take place at the foot end and at the sound hole of the flute. The effects of the end corrections can be calculated by formulas and, when added to the physical length of the sound chamber, produce a theoretical acoustic length for the flute.
Air Chamber — see Slow Air Chamber Demonstration of a compression wave moving in two dimensions from a source. Graphic by Christophe Dang Ngoc Chan Air Pressure Wave A compression wave of air particles with alternating high pressure more tightly packed and low pressure less tightly packed that radiate out from a source.
When the wave reaches our ears, it begins the process of being perceived as sound.
The graphic at the right helps visualize the air pressure changes moving out from a central source. Alto Clef A C-clef placed at the beginning of the staff to indicate that middle C C4 passes through the center of the clef, or the middle staff: Mathieu in The Listening Book for reducing music to it's basic elements in order to enhance how each note is played.
Anasazi Flute [ah-nah-sah-zee floot] A type of indigenous flutes from North America that have historical context back to about CE and are produced by some flute makers today.
These techniques can involve the breath breath articulationthe mouth and tongue mouth articulationand even the finger finger articulation. Another area, called vocal articulation, involves how musicians use articulation while singing.
Experimenting with vocal articulation is a great way to find new techniques to use on the flute.I have a reverse-slope hearing loss.
My right ear has severe mixed hearing loss in the lows (80 dBHL), rising to within normal limits, sloping to moderate at 8 KHz; and left ear, mild low frequency hearing loss (55 dBHL) rising to within normal limits.
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