Playing the flute is quite easy and at the same time enjoyable to learn. The lessons associated with learning how to play flute is quite easy to follow step by step guide. I have summarized a program that includes everything you should know in starting to know how to play flute.
Step 1 – Learn the proper way of producing sound.
Before going deeper in learning how to play flute, you should start first from the very beginning of it. Knowing how to blow properly to be able to produce the appropriate sound of the flute is the first lesson to do.
Normally, it takes time for a beginner to produce a clean sound. To begin, put your lips to the embouchure hole and blow into it as if saying “tuuuuuuuuuuu”. Keep blowing continuously as long as you can, and see how long you can produce the tone until your breath fades away. Do this again and again and it will help you lengthen your capacity of producing the proper tone.
Step 2 – Proper Finger Placement.
In playing the flute each finger in both hands will be in use. The proper way of holding the flute is by creating a “C” shape by your hand for the thumb to support the weight of the flute. It won’t be easy to do this at first, but later on you will get use to it. Once done, you will notice that you need to learn how to come up with a good posture to maintain the balance in holding the flute while playing it.
You need to focus on these three places where you need your balancing to come up with a good posture: the embouchure where you place your mouth, your left pinkey, and your right thumb.
Step 3 – Learn to Read the Fingering Chart.
The fingering chart is a guide for the flutist to know which fingers are needed and where to place to in creating different pitches. Every fingering chart looks similar to produce universality in the fluting world. Keys needed to be pressed down are represented by solid circles while hollow circles represent keys not needed to be pressed.
One example is playing the Middle Octave C. To properly play this note, you will need to press your first finger in the right hand, simultaneously with your left pinkey in the proper places.
Step 4 – Familiarize Yourself with the Different Types of Notes.
Learning the different types and values of notes should be prioritized in learning different musical instruments. Good thing is in playing the flute, there are only few types of musical notes to be memorized: the whole note, half note, quarter note, eighth note, and the sixteenth note.
Step 5 – Reading the Music.
The final flute lesson in the introduction to playing the flute would be the lessons on reading the music. This lesson is basically the combination of the following sub-lessons: Learning the clefs, time signatures, types of rests, and the basic counting in playing the flute.