Alto Flute

The alto flute is larger than the C-Flute and is characterized by a distinct mellow tone in the lower portion of its range.  It uses the same fingerings as the C-Flute but is pitched in the key of G, sounding a fourth lower than the C-Flute.  It’s often heard in movie scores; less often in classical orchestral music.

Its headjoint may be straight or curved.  Many players prefer a curved headjoint (shown below) because it requires less of a stretch for the arms and makes the instrument feel lighter by moving its centre of gravity closer to the player.  Other players prefer the straight version for acoustical reasons.

Alto flute with curved headjoint