Friday, February 20, 2015
Closed Hole Keys - Part II
The next two questions the customer had involved the flute's scale. Specifically, he asked the following, (1) Does a flute with closed hole keys have a different scale than one with open hole keys? (2) Does a flute with an offset G have a different scale than a flute with an inline G? The answer to both of the questions is the same -- no difference. The scale is the same whether the flute has closed hole or open hole keys, and the scale is also the same for flutes with an offset or inline G. Why is this? Well, it's actually quite simple. The scale is determined by the relative distance between tone holes. You might remember this from a previous post on the Flute Builder blog, which you can read by following this link. So, the type of key (closed or open hole) would have no affect on scale. Also, even though the position of the G tone holes on an offset G flute are different from the position of the tone holes on one with an inline G, the relative distance allows for both configurations to have the same scale.