Transverse flute

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Transverse flute

A transverse flute or side-blown flute is a flute which is held horizontally when is played. The player blows across the embouchure hole, in a direction perpendicular to the flute's body length.

Transverse flutes include the Western classical concert flutes, the Indian classical flutes (the bansuri and the venu), the Chinese dizi, the Western fife, a number of Japanese fue, and Korean flutes such as Daegeum, Junggeum and Sogeum.

Humans perceive the pitch of a transverse flute at the amplified 2nd harmonic or more commonly, one octave above the produced fundamental.

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