Flute For Beginners: A Step-By-Step Guideline

By Woodwind | Flute Advice

Aug 10

You’ve finally taken one step to being a musician by taking up the flute in your hands. Now that you want to play it, how do you start? Should you simply blow into it?

Well, there’s a little more to it than that. To guide you, here’s a step-by-step process to teach you how to play the flute, especially if you’re a beginner.

I. Choosing the Flute

Now that you’ve decided you want to play the flute, how do you begin getting your hands on one?

When you look at your local instrument store, there’s so many flutes to choose from. However, before you head that direction of purchasing your own flute, you might want to consider renting, or borrowing.

#1:  Do you know anyone who plays the flute? Try making a deal with them to let you borrow their flute. If they have a beginner’s flute, even better. Try your hand at it and see if you like what comes o fit. See if it’s easy to play, or a bit complicated. Who knows? Maybe trying might just let you feel whether the flute really is not for you. But if it is, then consider the next step.

#2:  Buy second-hand. Some people may not be up for this, especially since a flute is an instrument you blow into. You’d have to take into consideration how well it’s maintained, and how the previous owner cleaned it. But if you find a good deal on a great second-hand flute, then go for it.

#3:  Buy a brand new flute. There are a lot of flutes out there, so which one should you choose? Go for a beginner’s model. This will be an open-hole flute, with removable plugs. As you get better, you can slowly remove the plugs and notice that the sound gets better as the air vibration hits skin rather than the plastic from the plug.

Note: Choosing the cheaper flute may not always be best choice. Cheap flutes can become expensive in the long run with all the maintenance they need. If you’re dedicated to learning the flute and mastering it, go for brands known for quality. They sound better, and last longer, too.

Choose the best type of flute for your budding musician.

II. Learning the Flute

There are a lot of people offering lessons now, and it’s not just limited to a physical location. Choose whatever training works for you.

#1:  Pay for a private tutor or flute teacher. This way you can be assured that you have the teacher’s undivided attention since you are paying by the hour.

#2:  Ask a friend to tutor you. If you have a friend or classmate who knows how to play the flute, you can ask them to tutor you. This would be a lot less expensive, and maybe you can even pay for the lessons in exchange of a service like a tutorial you could offer.

#3:  Sign up for an online workshop. There are plenty of online workshops you can sign up with that teach you the basics of the flute, and even how to play it. Some are offered for free, like on YouTube, while some can be accessed for a fee.

#4:  Read-up on books. As unlikely as it may seem, books can help you learn to play the flute. It teaches you the parts, how to hold, how to blow, and all the basic skills you need to play the flute like a pro.

#5:  Start with cheat sheets. Cheat sheets, or fingering charts, will help you know where to place your fingers to produce different sounds or notes.

III. Playing the Flute

How many times should I practice? This is a common question asked by all beginners, and it’s a good one to ask.

#1:  Practice for 10 minutes a day. This is an ideal amount of time especially if you have no recital to prepare for.

#2:  Practice for 20 minutes a day. Practicing for longer periods of time, daily, helps you prepare, especially if you have to present in a recital.

#3:  Practice even the basic songs. Don’t feel foolish practicing the Happy Birthday Song, or Mary Had a Little Lamb every day. Even professionals got to where they are now by learning to play basic songs until they were able to play classical, or even the modern songs in the charts today.

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gloria durst October 26, 2017

I like how you say that you would want to consider more than price when choosing a flute. A cheap one may be good if it is for a child but you would want something better the more experience you have. My son wants to play the flute, so we’ll have to consider what quality of flute would be best.

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