Learning to play the flute can provide a lifetime of joy to the students. That is why many start studying it as early as nine years of age. However, they are able to become proficient only when they grow a little and are at least in their third grade. That happens because the flute is unlike a piano or violin and requires the player to hold the instrument appropriately and use maximum lung capacity to blow it properly.
But, in case your child is keen to get started – worry not! Buy him/her a recorder first. Though its embouchure is different, you can find the fingerings to be exactly similar to that of a flute. Plus, it is less expensive; so you can give your kid an advantage of practicing on it for a few months without having to stress about damaging the instrument.
Fortunately, a flute is a relatively easier instrument for music beginners. But, just so that your poor playing style doesn’t affect the progression and overall enjoyment of the instrument, here are a few important tips to keep in mind –
- Keep Up your Patience Level
There can be a lot of confusion when learning new fingerings – moving from a familiar note to a less familiar one. So, to keep things easy, master the first two notes and then go about adding an additional note. When you can comfortably play three notes, and then move onto the fourth and so on.
Remember, you don’t have to rush your learning. Learn to ascend and descend slowly and when the combinations are thorough in your mind, pick up the tempo accordingly.
- Learn to Hold the Flute
The flute is the only instrument after violin that is awkward to hold for long. In fact, every individual who wishes to learn to play the flute initially undergoes extreme difficulties when holding it. Younger kids face the most challenges as they have small hands, and proper positioning of flute becomes critical for them.
That is why it is best to seek guidance from an expert flute teacher and learn to maintain the right posture first – sit or stand as straight as possible with chin up and music notes at eye level.
- Understand Accurate Assembly
Beginners often damage their flutes the most when assembling and disassembling. That is why it is essential to learn how to do that in the right manner from your teacher or professional flutists.
Learn how to align the headjoints and footjoints by holding both parts of the flute above or below the keys and lip plate. Your motive should be to avoid twisting its mechanism at all costs.
- Give it Nice Care and Maintenance
Swabbing the flute after using it each time is a must. Avoiding key oil or polishing cloths is equally important as it can easily leak onto the pads and polishing cloths can deposit residue on them. Instead, use a cleaning kit specifically made for the purpose.
Also, when it comes to the oiling and repairing job, you better leave it to the flute technicians and keep your practice on every day.