With its versatility and dependable pitch range, the bamboo flute is a perfect instrument for flute beginners. Like its more conventional contemporary – the European wooden type – the bamboo flute has the ability to serve its purpose quite well as a woodwind instrument. Its versatility can enable it to employ more depth and pitch in its range compared to other flutes, which is more appreciated in other cultures. Its bigger hole diameters enable a non-conventional stretch of the playing fingers, giving it a more refined range than that of a hardwood type.
However, for music of Celtic type, a D alto flute is much more recommended, since this pitch is customary to that type of music. The A, F, and G alto type is also alternatively used. The D alto flute has a wooden material, which is more long-lasting than a crack-prone bamboo type. Many bamboo flutes are actually carefully crafted with profound quality, but like wood, one can’t quite predict as to when a bamboo instrument may last.
Nevertheless, many flute crafters recommend using a bamboo flute as a beginner’s choice. If a flutist intends to use the instrument on a longtime basis, a hardwood flute is suggested.
Flutemakers generally provide guides in playing a bamboo flute. This is for a flutist – especially those with smaller hands – to check the finger techniques to be employed on a flute with larger holes, such as a “D” flute.