High D Flutes Read me...

What could be called piccolos are High Flutes in D (nontransposing). The intent is for them to be played in the 1st and 2nd octaves (unlike drumcorps fifes which are played in the 2nd and 3rd). These high flutes project very well in a dance band without being strident; they have same straightforward fingering used for Irish flute, the same as for pennywhistle while affording greater musical expression overall. Their natural playing key is the concert key of D; using the traditional cross-fingerings, the keys of G and A (and relative minors) are easy, too. In this way, a simple diatonic, 6-hole instrument can be used to perform over 95% of the traditional repertoire quite naturally.