Always start playing by looking at yourself in a mirror so as to learn the basics quickly. Take the head joint and holding it in a particular position in your hand try to place your lip on the broader end of the embouchure, try to cover the end of the head joint that is open and start blowing across the hole. You have achieved what you wanted if only you get a low airy sound
Assess the total length of the flute, as it will help you to line up the keys in a proper way. Usually the assessment is done from the top of the head joint to the base of the flute.
The rod that moves downward till the bottom of the foot joint should be placed in a straight line with the center of the keys that are present on the body. As the foot joint necessitates the pinky finger to be used it doesn’t have a requirement for the keys to be in line with the keys of the body of the flute.
The left thumb will have to be placed on the key that bears a shape of a triangle and is situated on the back of the flute. Index finger should be placed on the small key located at the front. Leave the next key and depress the following keys with your second and third fingers on them.
Finally the pinky finger had to take care of the lever that is exterior to the whole body of the flute. Use your right thumb to purely hold the flute in a suitable position because your other fingers namely the index, middle and the third finger will have to be placed on the three consecutive keys present before the foot joint.
It is normal that the right picky finger should be placed on the key that is of the shape of a semi circle, at the top of the foot joint. To begin with these things will be quite tough and uncomfortable to follow. Ensure that you have your throat, fingers and mouth stress-free, as it is impractical to create an even, rich sound note if you have trembling in you owing to some tension and uneasiness.
Use your fingers namely the left hand and right hand thumb, left hand index finger and the right hand index finger to depress the respective keys and place the flute near your mouth and star to blow to compose your desirable sound outputs.
After knowing the exact rate of air that will help you formulate the sound note, one would basically find it to be a low- B flat, which is third line on the treble staff, or a high B-flat that is present at a place above the treble staff. Take more days to practice, as you will never be satisfactory with the low B-flat until you really work on it effectively.
Start with the original B-flat and progress gradually to the advanced stages but make sure that you use the fingering chart in a proper guidebook. Pay attention to each and every note, take care so that the output is identical to that of the books, and once if you are confident about your playing skills, try playing a high original ‘B flat and repeat this until you achieve perfection.
At this stage you should have got the basic awareness of what kind of musical instrument a flute is and how you can play it actually. Irrespective of the mode of your learning be it through lesson books or through a formal instructor you may learn the necessary skills that helps you play flute with ease.
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