Music Instruments in the Flute Family

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It was your favorite instrument back in middle school band, but do you know how many instruments actually fall in the flute family? This list of flute instruments will help you out!  Here you'll find all of the most popular types of flutes, as we've included any well-known instrument group, along with photos when available. From the Irish flute to the fife, you'll find a number of different wind instruments on this list.

Unlike other kinds of woodwind instruments, the flute works differently. Sound is created by the flow of air across the opening, instead of with a reed. Of all the different kinds of flutes, what is your favorite? Check out these instruments (with pictures) on this list, and tell us in the comments!

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Alto flute is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Alto flute The alto flute is a type of Western concert flute, a musical instrument in the woodwind family. It is the next extension downward of the C flute after the flûte d'amour. It is ...more

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Bamboo flute is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Bamboo flute Bamboo '​s natural hollow form makes it an obvious choice for many musical instruments, most commonly flutes.

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Bass flute is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Bass flute The bass flute is the bass member of the flute family. It is in the key of C, pitched one octave below the concert flute. Because of the length of its tube, it is usually made with a ...more

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Contra-alto flute is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Contra-alto flute The contra-alto flute is one of the largest instruments in the flute family. It is in the key of G, pitched one octave below the alto flute, and a fourth below the bass flute. It is so large ...more

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Contrabass flute is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Contrabass flute The contrabass flute is one of the rarer members of the flute family. It is used mostly in flute ensembles. Its range is similar to that of the regular concert flute, except that it is pitched ...more

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Diple is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Diple Diple, dvojnice, or dvojanke are a traditional woodwind musical instrument in Serbian, Croatian and Montenegrin music.

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Double contrabass flute is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Double contrabass flute The double contrabass flute with over 18 feet of tubing is the largest and lowest pitched metal flute in the world. It is pitched in the key of C, three octaves below the concert flute. Its ...more

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Duct flutes is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Duct flutes

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Duduk is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Duduk The duduk is an ancient double-reed woodwindflute made of apricot wood. It is indigenous to Armenia. It is commonly played in pairs: while the first player plays the song, the second plays a ...more

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Fife is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Fife A fife is a small, high-pitched, transverse flute, that is similar to the piccolo, but louder and shriller due to its narrower bore. The fife originated in medieval Europe and is often used in ...more

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Flûte d'amour is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Flûte d'amour The flûte d'amour or flauto d'amore is pitched in either A or B♭ and is intermediate in size between the modern C concert flute and the alto flute in G. It is the mezzo soprano member of ...more

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Fue is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Fue Fue is the Japanese word for flute, and refers to a class of flutes native to Japan. Fue come in many varieties, but are generally high-pitched and made of a bamboo called shinobue. The most ...more

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Hyperbass flute is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Hyperbass flute The hyperbass flute is the largest and lowest pitched instrument in the flute family, with tubing reaching over 15 metres in length. It is pitched in C, four octaves below the concert flute, ...more

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Irish flute is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Irish flute The term Irish Flute or "Scottish Flute" refers to a conical-bore, simple-system wooden flute of the type favoured by classical flautists of the early 19th century, or to a flute of ...more

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Native American flute is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Native American flute The Native American flute is an end-blown flute fashioned either from cane, hardwood, or softwood. Theoretically, the instrument's archetype is the Anasazi flute developed by the Ancient Pueblo ...more

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Nose flute is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Nose flute The nose flute is a popular musical instrument played in Polynesia and the Pacific Rim countries. Other versions are found in Africa, China, and India.

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Other flutes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Other flutes

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Palendag is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Palendag The palendag, also called Pulalu, Palandag, Pulala and Lumundeg is a type of Philippine bamboo flute, the largest one used by the Maguindanaon, a smaller type of this instrument is called the ...more

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Piccolo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Piccolo The piccolo is a half-size flute, and a member of the woodwind family of musical instruments. The modern piccolo has most of the same fingerings as its larger sibling, the standard transverse ...more

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Pipe and Tabor is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Pipe and Tabor Pipe and tabor is a pair of instruments played by a single player, consisting of a three-hole pipe played with one hand, and a small drum played with the other. The tabor hangs on the ...more

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Shakuhachi is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Shakuhachi The shakuhachi is a Japanese end-blown flute. It was originally introduced from China into Japan in the 8th century and underwent a resurgence in the early Edo Period. The shakuhachi is ...more

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Soprano flute is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Soprano flute The soprano flute is a type of flute, a musical instrument in the woodwind family. A few American publications for flute choir currently include a part for E♭ flute, an instrument pitched a ...more

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Subcontrabass flute is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Subcontrabass flute The subcontrabass flute is one of the largest instruments in the flute family, measuring over 15 feet long. The instrument can be made in the key of G, pitched a fourth below the contrabass ...more

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Tin whistle is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Tin whistle The tin whistle, also called the penny whistle, English flageolet, Scottish penny whistle, tin flageolet, Irish whistle, feadóg stáin and Clarke London Flageolet is a simple, ...more

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Treble flute is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Treble flute The treble flute is a member of the flute family. It is in the key of G, pitched a fifth above the concert flute and is a transposing instrument, sounding a fifth up from the written note. The ...more

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Tumpong is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Tumpong The tumpong is a type of Philippine bamboo flute used by the Maguindanaon, half the size of the largest bamboo flute, the palendag. A lip-valley flute like the palendag, the tumpong makes a ...more

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Washint is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Washint The washint is an end-blown wooden flute originally used by the Amhara people in Ethiopia. Traditionally, Amharic musicians would pass on their oral history through song accompanied by the ...more

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Western concert flute is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Western concert flute The Western concert flute is a transverse woodwind instrument made of metal or wood. It is the most common variant of the flute. A musician who plays the flute is called a flautist, flutist, ...more

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Xiao is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Instruments in the Flute Family
Xiao The xiao is a Chinese vertical end-blown flute. It is generally made of bamboo. It is also sometimes called dòngxiāo, dòng meaning "hole." An ancient name for the xiāo is ...more