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Flute Lessons

Have you always been interested in learning to play the flute? We really can’t blame you! With its sleek, shiny metal design and that unmistakably melodic sound, the flute has long been a source of fascination and even part of history. But before you take your first flute lesson, why not read a bit about everything you’ll be learning? After all, preparation is key!

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Flute Lessons for Beginners

Are you excited about your very first flute lesson? The great news is that flute lessons for beginners will help you achieve better health. That’s right; it’s actually healthy for you! One of the first things you’ll learn during flute lessons is how to breathe properly. Your instructor will give you breathing exercises, as your respiratory system is directly responsible for helping you reach and maintain the right notes.

So flex those lungs, because they’ll certainly become much stronger. Bonus: taking those stairs at work will come so much easier for you once you learn how to play the flute!

The flute happens to also be one of the most versatile of instruments, and it’s uncomplicated in design. Unlike woodwinds that require a wooden reed that must stay moist, the flute is considered an aerophone, which means the sound comes directly from the air expelled from your mouth. This design also creates a sound that fits virtually anywhere! The flute can add some flair to a rock guitar solo or can create a delightful solo in a symphony.

How to Hold Your Flute

Chances are, you’ve seen dozens of movies and TV shows that feature a flutist. You may have also noticed that the way they hold their flute is very different from how a saxophonist or guitarist holds their instrument. The effective playing position is as follows: the flute is held by your fingertips, not your hand.  

We are used to grasping onto things, holding them in our hands with our fingers wrapped around them to prevent them from falling out. With the flute, it is quite different, as your palms will never touch your flute. Don’t worry; it is completely natural to be clumsy at first. Your muscle memory will take effect once you have started playing a little bit longer.

hands on flute

There are three points of balance on the flute that will provide support and help keep the flute firmly in your hands:

  • Lip plate. This will be resting on your chin.
  • Your right thumb. This will be the main support of the flute from underneath, beneath the keys that are played by the dominant hand (left or right.)

Your pinky, which (for entire the duration of play) will be pressing down on the first key (D#) on the foot joint.

student with flute

Enroll in Flute Lessons at Music & Arts

Now that you are a bit more familiar with what it takes to play the flute, your next step is finding the right instructor. But before you find an instructor, you’ll want to stock up on some of the essentials, including cleaning supplies and a sturdy case. Fortunately, we have everything you’ll need to buy covered in this guide, so that you can come prepared to your very first lesson.

We know you’re busy, so we have custom lesson plans available to suit you and your individual needs. Find your nearest location today!