How to Choose a Flute Offset or Inline G
How to Choose a Flute Offset or Inline G

Well hello, I’m Rebecca Fuller here at Learn
Flute Online where I’m the expert instructor and owner. Today we’re going to learn even more about
how to choose a flute. Now I have this whole video series page, you
can see the button for it here on this page to get back to it if you came from somewhere
else first to get here. You can find all sorts of information, I’ve
included there to help you learn how to choose a flute for yourself so that you can come
and learn how to play here at Learn Flute Online. We have the best membership area and I have
hundreds of video lessons all set in perfect sequential order for you to learn from. Let’s get started. Today in this video, in this exact question
I’m going to be answering is “What is the difference between inline G and offset
G?”. I get asked this question all the time from
people searching for a flute. Especially if you’ve gone into store or
your looking online and you’re looking at the features and options that come with a
flute. You may be a little confused on what some
of these things mean and one of them is offset or inline. Now I have two different flute bodies here
and I’m going to show you a picture of these so that you can understand that they are different. They look the same right? Do you they look.. Am i holding them okay? Actually these are the same brand of flute,
exactly the brand and these are actually advanced line flutes so you can know that advanced
lines, student models, intermediates, professional lines, they all have these different options
available for you to choose from. If you don’t know what they mean, it’s
kind of hard to choose right? Well, here’s a picture, a close up picture,
I’ve taken of these two flutes right now and I want you to just look at the keys. This flute right here in the front has all
of the keys lined up in a long, nice, straight row. Can you see that? Great, now if you’ll look at this other
flute, you’ll notice that the row starts straight and then two of the keys are tipped
or we would call them offset. So, now that you can see those, let me explain
to you a little bit more. The key, the first key on the body that is
tipped is attached to another one. So when you push one down, the other one goes
as well. This is actually the G key. So, this flute right here is an offset G because
those keys are tipped and they are set farther down on the curve of the barrel. Now this flute right here, and you can look
at it in the picture again, they are all in a nice straight row and also when I push the
G key, the other one goes down with it. It’s the same, but my finger that is pushing
on that G key has to reach farther to get it. These are inline, and my ring finger on my
left hand has to reach farther to get to it. Now, the whole purpose of this is, let me
put these flutes down and I’ll show you. Do you notice our hands have five fingers
and they are different sizes. The pinky is the shortest. Of course we aren’t going to talk about
the thumb right now. The next shortest is the ring finger right
now. This is the finger we use for our G key. Now, if all of the keys are inline, in a nice
straight line on the flute, and we reach up there, we’ve got this finger up there on
the key, this finger is shorter but somehow those inline flutes you’re expected to reach
up there in the same straight line as you’re tall man finger. Doesn’t make sense really, does it? It doesn’t, and that’s why there’s also
an option for offset G. It’s easier if this finger of yours is shorter,
like mine. I think probably the general population has
this finger shorter than this one. Now, of course you can learn how to play on
an inline G flute. In fact, that is my flute. I play, I have, I’ve played on an inline
G flute for about twenty, maybe twenty-two years of my life and I adjusted just fine. I had no problems with it. When I went to switch to another new flute
I decided to get offset G this time as an option and I’ll tell you it is more comfortable
for my hand. It definitely is, so I’m converted back
to an offset G. If you talked to any professional flutist
you may get one opinion or the other on which one is best. You have to know that it’s just what’s
best for them. Maybe after twenty-two years they’ll change
their minds also? Now I would say that years ago, in the early
I would say 90’s and into the 80’s it was more common for the intermediate and advanced,
professional line flutes to have inline G flutes. But, times are changing and people are noticing
that the physiology (is that the right word) of a human hand shows us that probably to
make all of our muscles lay perfectly and not get damaged from improper use we should
play with that offset G because it fits our hand, our finger sizes, better. Well, there you have it, that’s kind of
exactly all about the inline and offset G and I hope that taught you a few things. Go ahead and ask me your questions and again,
I’ll see you soon in another video or here in the membership area where we’ll learn
even more about how to play the flute really well. We’ll see you soon.

3 thoughts on “How to Choose a Flute Offset or Inline G”

  1. yuehchopin says:

    danke schön

  2. Alex says:

    Do you think an inline G flute would be good for marching band?

  3. Roger Parker says:

    I don't know if you noticed but if you're a male, your ring finger is longer than your index while if you're a woman the opposite tends to be true (as seen at 3:40). So, would it be safe to say that an inline flute is better suited for males while an offset is better for females?

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