One of the most common woodwind instrument, the flute is a favorite amongst many musicians for its whimsical and high timbre. Either as a solo or in an orchestra, a flute plays a major role in bringing substance and character to the music. Check out the best flutes in Singapore or read more on how to play the flute properly below.
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A flute is a type of reedless woodwind instrument that produces sound from the flow of air through designated holes. To put it simply, flutes are hollow, tubular instruments that use wind to produce sound. There are countless types of flutes. In an orchestra alone, you have piccolos, bass flutes, and alto flutes. Aside from Western flutes, there are also several variations of the instrument such as a vertical xiao from China, the shakuhachi from Japan, the Quena from the Andes in Central America, and Kaval from the Balkans in Turkey. Recorders played by elementary school children are also a type of flute.
There are more to flutes than just blowing air into a tube. There's art, discipline and an appreciation for music that lies underneath every note or song that you play. For beginners, here are some steps on how to play the flute effectively:fl
Step One: Get a Decent Flute
The first step in playing the flute is to get one. A decent flute can go a long way if you want to flourish your skills with this instrument. Yamaha, Altus, Muramatsu, Nagahara, Powell, and Pearl are just some of the many brands that produce good quality flutes. If you are testing the waters, you can also rent a flute at your local music shop or from a friend.
Step Two: Learn How to Hold the Flute
The next step to playing the flute effectively is learning how to hold it properly. First, hold the flute with your mouth directly on the embouchure or the lip hole of the instrument, your left hand in front, and your right hand behind, raising the instrument pointing to the right in a horizontal fashion. Keep your shoulders relaxed and naturally curved with your thumbs directly below the instrument. Place your index finger on your left hand on the first hole followed by the next with your pinky hovering. It would feel awkward at first but with practice and muscle memory, you will eventually get used to it.
A good posture would also help you play the flute better. Stand or sit as straight as possible, raising your chin and keeping your eyesight straight. Keep your feet firmly planted on the ground with your left foot slightly in front of the right. Keep your body relaxed and release any tension with your weight mostly on the back of your foot. Keep your hips and your neck straight and avoid weird angles. Keep your musical stand at eye level; not too low nor too high.
Step Four: Learning Basic Notes
For beginners, fingering charts for flutes would be a great guide to have while playing. These charts visualize proper finger placement for certain notes. Practice each note until you get the right sound with a steady tone. After practising each note, you can then practice playing a combination of notes and how to transition smoothly. A recommended time of 20 minutes every day would kickstart your playing skill, especially for beginners.