History and Information about the Piccolo
The piccolo is the smallest member of the flute family. The flute is one of the world’s oldest instruments, some examples dating back over 40,000 years. While these early instruments were made out of bone, wood, or reeds, the modern concert flute is almost always metal. The piccolo can be made of many materials, but is most often made out of resin, metal, or hardwood. The repertoire of the piccolo includes a variety of styles and genres, including classical and modern band and solo pieces, and even some popular tunes.
When to Start on the Piccolo
You can start piccolo lessons as young as age 7, depending on the student’s hand size and lung capacity. The latter is especially important because the piccolo does not have a reed, so the player must be able to force a large amount of air through the instrument. The student also much possess sufficient fine motor skills, as the piccolo is very small. Students often start on the flute and add or switch over to the piccolo after a few years of instruction.
Getting a Piccolo
Please call us so we can recommend a store from which you can purchase or rent a piccolo. For very young students, it is recommended to rent instruments for two reasons: 1) they will most likely grow out of instruments quickly and 2) they may lose interest (although we hope they don’t!). Most places that rent instruments will also provide repair services for their instruments.
Purchasing Books and Supplies for Your Piccolo
Most books and many supplies are available online. Give us a call for local store recommendations. Your instructor can tell you which books and supplies are appropriate or needed.
**Feel free to call us at 631-476-8946 with any questions you may have. We can help provide you with additional resources.