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Play It Again: Flute



A bit rusty? Don't be put off. Browse our helpful hints, and watch a video guide to get you started.

Hints and Tips

When you put your flute together, be careful not to damage the key mechanism, as this can be expensive to repair.

If you haven’t played for some time keep your practice sessions short and simple – don’t try to do too much too soon.

To begin with you’ll need to work on your embouchure (the muscles around your mouth) – this is formed by relaxing the bottom lip and blowing across the blowhole using the top lip muscles.

Think about your posture when practising. Whether sitting or standing you need to be as relaxed as possible, and able to breathe freely. Keep your shoulders down.

Don’t make yourself dizzy with too much blowing at first – you’ll need to build up your breath control so you can regulate the air you blow into the flute.

Always warm up with something simple - long notes and slurred and tongued scales are a good idea, increasing the range as you become more comfortable.

After playing make sure you remove the condensation that builds up inside your flute with a pull-through – if left this can damage the pads on the keys - and wipe the outside carefully with a cloth, as the acid from your fingers can cause corrosion.

Avoid leaving your flute lying around as it can easily be damaged – always put it back into its case.

If you’re looking for lessons you’ll find many instrumental teachers advertise in local music shops and libraries, while local authority Music Services are also a good place to start. If you prefer to search online The Incorporated Society of Musicians holds a good database of teachers.

When looking for a flute to buy or rent, try local music shops or specialist woodwind dealers, both of whom often have their own websites so you can easily compare prices.

If you’re interested in joining an amateur orchestra or wind band a good place to start is the Amateur Orchestras website, or ask at your local music shop, library or Music Service

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