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As many other wind instruments, the Paetzold flute can produce beautiful slap tones, short staccato sounds in which the action of the tongue produces a much more percussive effect.
Slaps are possible across the whole range of the instrument, thus with many different characteristics. They are more effective in the low register where they have a more defined pitch.
Of note, for slap tones the general rule applies that the dynamics can select different harmonic overtones, so even if played in the same key position (and thus the same fundamental tone) very loud slap tones will also sound higher pitched and brighter due to the emphasis on high overtones.


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