Play the Flute for Beginners

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Overview

You're watching VisiHow. These are video tutorials on how to play the flute. The tutorials are split into two groups:

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    In the following video tutorials, we're going to be teaching you how to play the flute
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    We will teach you dynamics, legatos, staccatos, how to hold the flute, recognizing the part of the flute, how to tune the flute, etc.
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    Salome will be demonstrating how to play the flute in the aforementioned video tutorials
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    She is currently a student at the Tbilisi State Conservatory, and she is a semiprofessional flutist.
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Video: Play the Flute for Beginners Overview

Assemble the Flute

This is a video tutorial on how to assemble the flute.

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    The flute comprises three sections
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    These are the lower casing, upper casing, and the mouth piece.
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    Connect the mouth piece to the upper casing
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    Then, connect the lower casing to the upper casing
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    Remember to ensure that all of the note holes are aligned with one another
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    When you put your fingers into the playing position, the fingers should be parallel with one another
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    Make sure that you don't tighten the mouthpiece part
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    Failing which, you risk damaging the instrument.
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Video: Play the Flute for Beginners Assemble the Flute

Cleaning the Flute

This is a video tutorial on how to clean the flute.

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    The flute comprises three main components that you will need to clean
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    First, take your cleaning rod, designed to go into the flute.
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    Then, take a cloth
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    Put the cloth around the rod in order to form a baton that you will use to clean the flute
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    Once this has been done, take a part of the flute that you will start to clean
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    Start with the mouthpiece
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    Push the stick inside of it and go back and forth in order to clean the piece of any debris, condensation, or residue and leftover from your playing.
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    Take the upper casing of the flute off the lower casing
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    Clean it as shown in the previous Make sure that the cloth is still around the rod, so that you don't lose the cloth inside of your instrument. Push the cloth all the way through to the other side, until it comes out. This will remove any condensation and any residue built up in any of the components.
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Video: Play the Flute for Beginners Cleaning the Flute

Polishing the Flute

This is a video tutorial on how to polish the flute.

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    After you finish cleaning the inside of the flute, it will be time to polish it
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    If your flute is either made of silver, brass, or even gold, then it needs to be polished in order to remove all of the smudges that have formed owing to all of the fingerprints that you have left all over your instrument
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    There are specially designed gloves for the flute in order to clean it properly
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    As you can see, the flute is scrubbed with special gloves in order to get rid of all of the smudges
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    After each part has been properly cleaned, put it back into the case for storage
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    Remember that the most easily soiled places are between the finger holes and the keys and the slides
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    These are the places where all of the residue becomes trapped, creating dirt
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    The dust will build up. To get rid of this, you have to clean up the flute and keep it clean, polished, and beautiful.
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    Please finish cleaning the whole flute
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    It will only take about a minute to keep it clean for the next time you want to use it.
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Video: Play the Flute for Beginners Polishing the Flute

Breathe Correctly

This is a video tutorial on how to breathe while playing the flute.

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    In order to breathe correctly when playing the flute, you must be able to take a deep breath and breathe by using the diaphragm
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    Breathing using the diaphragm will allow you full support that enables you to play the flute more effectively
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    Remember not to keep your throat closed
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    Open it allowing hot air to pass right into the mouthpiece of the flute.
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    Remember that the mouthpiece of the flute is very narrow, so fit your lips around it in order to create sound
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Holding the Flute

This is a video tutorial on how to hold the flute correctly.

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    There are two key aspects you must remember while holding the flute
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    You must remember about breathing through the diaphragm in order to create a good foundation for support of the breath. Remember not to close off the throat, as you will pinch the sound; and you will have a very "closed" sound. Remember about posture, as it is a very key aspect as to how you stand, with your shoulders parallel to your feet.
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    When you hold the flute, hold the flute horizontally to your lips with your hands
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    The flute must be balanced and not rotate in your hands.
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    Remember to put your hands over the holes of the keys
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    Remember the holding position while playing
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Video: Play the Flute for Beginners Holding the Flute

Tuning the Flute

This is a video tutorial on how to tune the flute.

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    Begin tuning the flute by playing the note A with hot air coming by using good support coming from the diaphragm
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    Once you find your foundation with the note A, you will need to tune the flute by pulling out the head-joint in order to make the note flatter
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    Now, if the head-joint is pulled out far, then push it into the flute a little to make it sound in in tune
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    Continue to adjust the sound until the flute is in tune.
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Video: Play the Flute for Beginners Tuning the Flute

Creating a Good Quality Sound

You're watching VisiHow. This is a video tutorial on how to get a good-quality sound on the flute.

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    The most important thing to note is breathing
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    Breathing using the diaphragm will give your body enough support in order to play the flute. Remember about warm air coming up from the lungs through the throat and out of the mouth. Do not close the throat, or else you will choke the sound.
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    Please remember about warm air and breathing using the diaphragm through the lips to play the flute
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    Remember to be consistent with your sound and your lip position over the mouthpiece
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Strengthening the Tongue

This is a video tutorial on how to strengthen and exercise the tongue on the flute.

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    The tongue is a very important muscle for playing the flute
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    In order to strengthen the tongue, you must play exercises diligently to strengthen the tonguing ability.
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    The practicing scales, arpeggios, and chromatic scales will help strengthen the tongue
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    Use tonguing techniques such as staccato, double tongue, single tongue or triple tongue to help increase stamina for the tongue while playing the flute.
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Playing the C Major Arpeggio

This is a video tutorial on how to play the C major arpeggio on the flute.

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    The C major arpeggio is C (do), E (mi), G (sol), and C (do)
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    The first note, do, uses all of the fingers on both hands.
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    The second note is mi, or E, where you take the third finger of the right hand off
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    The next note is G, where you are not using any of the right-hand fingering
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    On C, or the upper do is where you take off both hands so that you're not using any of the holes for the high C
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    Let's play the whole C major arpeggio
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Video: Play the Flute for Beginners Playing the C Major Arpeggio

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Recent edits by: Eng, VisiHow, Toradze

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