Learn to Play the Flute

If you want to learn to play the flute, here are some tips.

Of course you'll need a flute to practice with. If you don't know whether you're going to like the flute (or stick with it), it's a good idea to rent or borrow one. Flutes can be expensive, so you don't want to spend the money to invest in one if you're not going to stick with it. Rent a closed-hole flute, which is a bit cheaper and easier to learn with than an open-holed flute.

A lesson is a great way to learn how to play the flute. A flute teacher can show you the right way to play as well as point out any mechanical difficulties you're having.

To hold the flute, place the lip plate below your lower lip and keep the rest of the flute pointing to the right. Keep your left hand near the mouthpiece and your left thumb on a key. Put your right hand down on the flute. Make sure your arms are relaxed and your head up.


A common trick to help you learn how to blow into the flute is to practice on an almost-empty bottle. A soda or water bottle works great for this. Put your mouth on it and make an "mmmm" and a "p" sound.

Now you can try blowing into the flute. Put the lip plate of the flute below your lips, take a deep breath and blow, making a "too" sound.

You'll need a fingering chart to teach you how to play the different notes. You can get one at a music store. Get a book of music too, making sure to select one which suits your skill level. If you can't read sheet music, you should definitely learn. This is essential to successfully being able to play the flute.

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