The Abell Low Whistle Headjoint is an end-blown, fipple style headjoint which offers a new and unique voice for the flutist. It is designed to fit any Boehm-system flute and to play comfortably through the full range of the instrument.
The Low Whistle Headjoint orients the flute vertically providing a more balanced and centered position. This orientation relaxes the upper body, opening the lungs and diaphragm. Options for supporting the flute vertically include thumb rests, neck straps and combinations of the two.
The headjoint is also a practical option for flutists who can no longer play the instrument in the horizontal position, or who are unable to form an embouchure.
The Abell Low Whistle Headjoint is manufactured from fully seasoned tropical hardwoods and Sterling silver.
I have been trying the new Abell Low Whistle Headjoint for a while now and noticed several benefits. The most obvious is that I can now get a unique sound out of my flute without having to learn a completely different instrument! I’ve always been interested in the tin whistle as well as the beautiful tone of the recorder. This Low Whistle Headjoint is not a substitute for those instruments but a very interesting and viable alternative for Western concert flute players.
The other less obvious but extremely beneficial feature of this headjoint is that it acts as an excellent practice tool. Like all wind players, diaphragm support is absolutely vital to helping us create and shape a full and resonant tone. However, it is a technique that is often difficult to acquire or consistently make use of. Sometimes, our diaphragm can get a little lazy and then our lips take over the heavy lifting, all without us realising if we weren’t paying very careful attention. With the Abell Low Whistle Headjoint, it becomes excruciatingly clear when you’re not using support because your lips play almost no role in the sound production, given how open and relaxed it needs to be. So when your diaphragm decides to take a break, your sound immediately suffers which serves as a brilliant (but painfully honest!) reminder of which notes we need to pay a little more attention to.