Learn to play the flute
Flute is one of the oldest and highly valued musical instruments in world today, learning which is not that difficult (This site is dedicated to describing how to play the flute even to beginners). It is held with great respect among musicians, due to its elegance, historic value and its sonority.
I first got a flute as a gift on my 11th birthday. And that was what flared my musical instincts. Ever since, I have been experimenting with the flute and dare to say that I have become quite a decent flautist.
Note that I never had a flute teacher to make me learn flute.
I had just a book of fingering charts and learnt the main part of playing the flute myself, with trial and error. What does it mean? Not that you must do it the hard way too, but that playing the flute is not as difficult as the cogs and wheels (the keys and holes) on it seemingly make it for any layman. You can do it too. And with proper guidance (I volunteer to be your flute training guide!), you can learn the flute basics within a week or two. Then it is up to you to scale it up and either become a professional flautist or keep it as an impressive musical hobby in your repertoire of skills. Not many people can play a flute skillfully; but with proper guidance and all the tools you will find on this site, you can. Go ahead, go through the guide.
As you might know, a flute is a hollow tube of wood, or of some metal (in fact, most flutes, today, are made of precious metals like gold, silver, platinum, just to make them stand out in the hands of the flautist), that produces sound when the flute player makes the stationary air inside it vibrate by blowing across the hole provided at its mouth, making the blown air strike the opposite face of the hole to split the direct force of the air stream.
The sound range of every flute is 3½ octaves although you would usually not touch the extreme limits in most cases (trust me).
The flute belongs to a category of instruments termed as the “woodwind instruments”, a family that includes a kind of piccolo, three oboes, an English horn, three clarinets, a bass clarinet, three bassoons, and a contrabassoon. But, since it is the highest pitched of all the listed instruments, it is usually the king of all of them wherever you look for it (although it’s younger brother piccolo produces even higher notes, it has not become as popular: which makes me call it younger). The reason for this is that the flute is capable of producing almost every kind of music, from classical, to jazz, to rock, to even traditional Indian music. Flutes are of many types, namely:
- Western concert flutes (the C note or B note flutes, etc, made of metals and stuff)
- Indian flutes (made primarily of bamboo)
- Chinese flutes (made of bamboo, wood, jade and iron, usually)
- Japanese flutes (many end-blown and transverse varieties)
We will continue our practices with western concert flutes, which you will be using in case you ever plan upon making flutes your profession, or even your primary hobby.
How can you play the Flute right away?
Here on this site, I will teach you in minute detail, to play the flute with an expertise you did not know you possessed when you came here. We will begin with basic details about the flute, the materials and a basic guide for you to purchase a nice flute for yourself; the various parts of a flute and how you need to handle each one; the materials you will be needing before you begin your musical adventure in the world of flutes; the “personal” modifications you will possibly need to do to make yourself more competent and gain more in a less amount of time; your time schedule for practicing flute playing; breathing techniques for optimal flute tunes, along with your correct posture; and much more. We will start from the very basics.
This is a one-of-a-kind website for A to Z flute learning; something you will never find anywhere else for free. Stay with the schedule and you will be playing the beautiful glossy flute you plan to buy (or have bought) by the next week. You shall go by the sequence of this guide, for getting the best possible result from this guide.