Basics of the Flute

Everyone has their own way to let off steam or they have some sort of mantra to do it. What I do to distress is listen to calm and relaxing flute music. The relaxing flute music makes me forget all my worries and helps me unwind. People who don’t know what a flute is, flute is a woodwind instrument. It is high pitched and made of metal. Flute is a reed less instrument or an aero phone.

Basics of the Flute

The flute has a rich history and is one of the earliest known musical instruments. One of the oldest flutes to dating back to 35,000 years has been found in Germany and offers clues to stone-age music. In the Hohle Fels Cave (in southwest Germany), a bone flute with five finger holes was discovered. Two ivory flutes were also found by the archaeologists, they believe it was taken from the tusks of the mammoths. The modern version of the flute is used in orchestras and bands in this day and age.

Playing the flute is not an easy task and this instrument can’t be played by anyone. A lot of practice and dedication is needed with the combination of great air support. Patience is also of vital importance as it takes time to get good at playing the flute. The initial learning steps can be complicated. To produce sound from the flute, position the lip plate below your lower lip, purse your lips and blow into the hole. When you blow in the hole, do it in a manner if you were saying ‘too’. To produce the sound better, roll your lips in an inward manner, place the embouchure hole so it touches your pressed lips. Position the flute away from your lips 90 degrees. Blow air out as if you were spitting out a seed, this will help in finding a good embouchure shape.

Many people believe that the harder you blow air out, the higher the note you’ll produce. However that is incorrect. The angle of the airstream needs to be changed to produce a high note.

If you’ve invested in a flute then its maintenance is necessary. Since this instrument comes in contact near your lips you don’t want germs on it. Cleaning the flute after every practice session is important because of the moisture that gets collected from your mouth. Clean the outside of the flute with a fresh microfiber piece of cloth. Remember not to dampen the cloth because the pads might expand. The headjoint on the flute should be cleaned thoroughly as it comes closest to your lips. It should be sterilized with the mouthpiece after every session. If your keypads start sticking, clean it with a sheet of cigarette paper by putting it between the keys which stick.

If you are seriously considering learning how to play the flute, the smart option is to learn it from an instructor. You can also find numerous online tutorials to guide you with the basics. Once you have covered the basics, sheet music designed for the flute is available online for all music genres.

 


 

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