Aulos C21 Plastic Fife

Catalog: C21FIFE

Price: $19.95


The C21 Fife by Aulos is made of durable ABS resin in an ivory color, and is pitched in C, at A=440. It sounds an octave higher than the concert flute, with a chromatic range from c'' to f'''' (although there is no eb''''.) It includes a fingering chart and a deluxe cloth bag.

Like the flute, you can control the pitch of the fife independent of its volume, and the C major scale is fingered the same way as the flute or German recorder (1st finger right hand "F"). Like the plastic soprano recorder, it is small, portable, durable, and inexpensive. Like both flute and recorder, it overblows at the octave, using the left-hand thumb half-hole technique like the recorder.

The fife is an ideal instrument for children transitioning from recorder to flute, as the finger holes are similar to a recorder and the holding position and blowing technique required are similar to the flute. Once the blowing and fingering techniques are learned, this instrument is very dynamic and responsive, with a very nice range similar to the soprano recorder. Finally, it is smaller and lighter than the concert flute, so younger children (roughly age 5 and up) can hold it more easily.

In addition to its usefulness in music education, the fife is also great for fife and drum bands, folk music, traditional dance music, historical re-creation, and for multi-instrumentalists who want to add a new voice to their repertoire. It's also handy for flautists who want a portable, durable instrument for casual music-making for travel or the great outdoors.

Model: C21FIFE
Manufacturer: Aulos