How Many Keys Does a Flute Have?


Quick Answer

Most flutes have 16 key openings to cover an equal-tempered octave. Many modern flutes can reach a range of three octaves with anywhere from 16 to 20 openings to play.

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How Many Keys Does a Flute Have?
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The flute, which on average is 66 centimeters long, produces sound when the musician blows air into the sharp edge. A particular note sounds when a key is pressed or a multiple number of the key holes is depressed. The sound is produced by the air enclosed in the tube of the flute that causes vibrations. Most flutes are side-blown and the musician uses all 10 fingers to depress the keys or hole openings.

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