Whether you’re a parent shopping for your child’s first piccolo or an experienced flutist or piccolo player upgrading to a better instrument, Sweetwater has a wide selection of flutes and piccolos from the top brands, including Yamaha, Pearl Flutes, Jupiter, Wm. S. Haynes, and more. Shop now to find the perfect fit for you!
Piccolos are a high-pitched flute that can add sparkle to orchestral pieces or shine through in solo performances. Their piercing sound and ability to produce notes in a higher register than any other flute make them an essential part of many orchestral woodwind sections and marching bands. The price of a piccolo can vary depending on the materials and level of craftsmanship. Handmade wooden piccolos can cost thousands of dollars, while mass-produced metal ones are more affordable.
Learning to play a piccolo is much like learning to read music, starting with reading single notes and then eventually becoming fluent enough to understand the rhythms, time signatures, key signatures, dynamics, and articulations that are written in treble clef on sheet music. Musicians also need to practice proper embouchure and air flow for each note, as well as develop the ear to hear if they are playing sharp or flat.
Besides having the right piccolo, a musician needs to have the right accessories and supplies. The most important accessory is a tuner, which is used to help the player learn how to match pitch with other instruments and the voice. Another essential accessory is a cleaning rod, which looks like an oversized pipe cleaner and is used to wick away condensation from the inside of the tube and keys. Lastly, sheet music and a pencil are essential for every musician, especially those who want to take their playing to the next level.