The Pan flute is an old musical instrument and was earlier known as Panpipe. Panpipe is also known as Syrinx or quills. Syrinx is an old folk instrument, which was first used by the Greek. The name Panpipe...
Pan Flutes are woodwind musical instruments that consist of ten or more pipes of gradually increasing length. The pipes of flute are closed at one end, which means the sound waves have to travel twice the pipe. This helps in producing a note that is an octave lower than the notes produced by equal length pipes with open ends.
Traditional panpipes used to have pebbles and small corn kernels placed at the bottom of the flute for fine-tuning the instruments. However, the modern manufacturers use wax or beeswax for fine-tuning the panpipes.
The players play the flute by blowing breath horizontally against the open-end of the panpipes and a regular series of pulse and sound waves are created. If the player over blows in this flute with increase pressure of breath and tension of lips this instrument creates beautiful harmonics.
Panpipes and flutes are have been used since ages. However, the credit for popularizing this flute in the modern times goes to Gheorghe Zamfira Romanian musician who has produced some memorable musical tracks with panpipe. Other exponents of panpipe are Peruvian traditional and Andean musical groups. The Beatles, Bee-Gees, Celine Dion and many other leading musicians have used panpipes in some of their popular songs.
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