What makes crystal flute sheet music different from other sheet music:
Hall Crystal Flutes are simple six hole instruments with fingering system very similar to Irish flute, bamboo flute or tinwhistle. And like the Irish flute or tinwhistle regardless of the actual key of the instrument the music is usually written in the key of D and a D fingering chart is used to play them. Essentially this transposes the music to the middle of the music staff and makes it much easier to read. There are some exceptions, if you come from a background of recorder playing then the keys of C or F may be a better choice.
While playing in the key of D is the simplest choice, the key of G is also easily played on a crystal flute. A full chromatic scale is also possible but it is not built-in to the instrument and must be played by using half holes. This means playing in other keys will make the piece much more difficult to play.
So Hall crystal flute sheet music is best in the key of D or the key of G, it should be written using only the treble clef and the lowest note of the piece should not go below D above middle C for this is the lowest note playable on a D crystal flute.
For non-musicians or beginning flute players this means that regardless of which size Hall crystal flute you own using the D fingering chart and music in the key of D or G will make it easier for you to learn. Hall crystal flutes now come with two charts a transposing D chart and a chart for the actual key of the instrument.
If you need an updated fingering chart you can view and/or print the most recent Hall crystal flute fingering charts here.
Finger patterns are of course optional for crystal flute sheet music. For people that are just beginning to learn to read music or if they are unfamiliar with the Hall crystal flute fingering finger patterns can be a big help in learning the piece much more quickly. After a piece is mastered it can then easily be played without the finger patterns.
Above is a sample of an Irish tune optimized for the Hall crystal flute. It was created using ABCexplorer with the Hall crystal flute format file. ( hall_flute.fmt )
ABCExplorer is a free Windows-based software package that reads simple ABC notation and converts it into sheet music with optional finger patterns. ABCexplorer is available here for free download.
X:5 T:Train to Dublin S:B.Breathnach:"Ceol Rince na hEireann" IV/146 (gan ainm) Z:B.Black L:1/8 M:4/4 R:reel K:D FAdA FAdA|BG (3AGF GE E2|FAdA FAdA|(3Bcd eg fd d2:| g2 bg f2 af|efed cAAc|dABG FAAf|afeg fd d2:|
ABCexplorer uses ABC notation files there are literally thousands of legally free ABC notation files available for free download throughout the web. You can either search for “ABC notation” on Google or you can go to the main home page for all things relating to ABC notation here. The types of music available are varied ranging from folk tunes from all over the world, classical pieces, or Renaissance and other historical items. You won’t find the latest Disney tunes. Most ABC notation files will be public domain.
This article is still in the rough draft stage. When I can find the time I will add the following posts:
- Installing and using ABCExplorer with the Hall crystal flute.
- Using ABCExplorer with the Clarke tinwhistle.
- Using ABCExplorer with a song stone ocarina.
- What is ABC notation?