bout the Fife
Fifes are a type of flute. They has been around since the middle ages. Fifes were commonly made by turning and reaming a single piece of wood. Like most wind instruments from this period, they have a cylindrical bore. Their bore is narrower than many other flutes, a feature that gives them their striking tone. They have six finger holes and no thumb hole, just like the penny whistle. They are commonly made in the key of B-flat, a sixth above that of concert flutes which are pitched in D. Thus they are high pitched. They have a range of an octave and a fifth.
The fife is primarily remembered as a military instrument. It was popularized and disseminated through Europe in the 15th century by Swiss mercenaries. It was paired with drums to give commands to foot troops.
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