Tuning slides on a flute . . . why???
Can anyone please tell me the significance of a tuning slide on a flute. I know what a tuning slide is, it lets you tune you flute to any key but other than that what other use does a slide have??? I have a magnificent two piece Martin Doyle flute. Its fantastic and I love it. It doesn’t have a foot long because it doesn’t need one, it has no keys because I don’t need keys on it, it has no adjustable cork because that’s just too complicated and it doesn’t have a tuning slide because I don’t want one on it and I don’t really need it. Last night I was at a session in the Leitrim Fleadh and this Bodhran player comes up to me and says that hasn’t got a tuning slide has it? and I said no because it’s a concert pitch and then he tutted and huffed and fecked out the door. now do I really need a tuning slide on my flute or was that Bodhran player(as well as other people) being an arsehole