Our Kestrel Flute in the high-tone key of 'D' minor is made from domestic Black Walnut, which is hand finished with non-toxic oils to give it a clear, bright voice.
This flute is tuned to the key of "D" minor, and it can also be played in the relative major diatonic scale in the key of "F".
The Kestrel 'D' is the highest octave flute that we make in the key of 'D' minor, which makes it a great accompaniment to any of our other bass tone flutes in the key of 'D' such as our Condor Bass 'D'.
Our high-tone flutes are a great instrument for drum circles because their higher pitch allows them to beautifully stands out among lower-tone instruments.
In general the key of 'D' is often recognized because it is the primary key of Penny Whistles, which adds to the versatility of the Kestrel 'D' for pairing with other instruments and musical styles.
The compact size of our Kestrel Flutes make them an ideal choice for those wanting to use their flutes for travel or outdoor activities such as hiking or backpacking. The Kestrel 'D' is 15 inches (38 cm) in length.
This is a 6-hole flute. We cover the 3rd hole from the top, known as the 6th hole, with a leather hole cover so you have the option to play it as a 5-hole flute (which tends to make the learning process easier) or as a 6-hole flute.
We've named this flute after the American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) which is one of the smallest and most common falcon birds found in North America.