Archives for General flute tips

Italian Musical Terms: A matter of Style

Italian musical terms that describe a playing style or mood can be used at the beginning or throughout a piece of music. A piece might have only one mood described for its entire duration, or sections might have different moods that change regularly back and forth. These musical terms help to create a mental picture for the player, cultivating other aspects of playing such as the appropriate flute tone, tempo and articulation that should be used. Some commonly used Italian
Continue Reading

The Six Flute Embouchure Mistakes To Avoid

The flute embouchure is one of the most talked about and potentially difficult concepts to master in flute playing. How do we as unique individuals form the embouchure and how does it influence our sound? This article will outline these two important questions, as well as help you avoid six common mistakes that lead to future tone and playing problems. Watch my step-by-step video tutorial below to find your own unique embouchure and start you on the path to terrific
Continue Reading

The Flute Tuning Crash Course for Beginners

As a beginner, you might not know that your flute technically needs to be tuned every time you play it. But what does it mean to be ‘in tune’ and how do we do it?? This blog will get a bit scientific and look at how ‘sound’ works, explain why tuning is important, what affects it, and includes my personal step-by-step video guide to flute tuning. How sound works Musical instruments produce many sounds (musical notes) that each have a
Continue Reading

Top Tips for Buying your First Student Flute

Buying your very first student flute is an exciting but rather daunting experience! For beginners (or their parents), the list of brands, features and online reviews can get you completely confused. Where do you begin and what should you be looking for in a quality student flute? I’ll explain the anatomy of the flute, the features you’ll need as a beginner and the characteristics a good student flute should possess. Come shopping time, you’ll feel confident in asking questions, understanding
Continue Reading

7 Simple Steps to Ensure Playing Flute is Right for You

The benefits of playing a musical instrument are well documented for both young and old. At the Flute Coach, I want to help you discover a passion for playing! If you’re considering playing flute, but still have some hesitations, here are 7 practical ways to help you make your decision. They’ll help to keep you playing for the long term, avoid the frustration and cost of switching to another instrument later on or prevent dropping out of music altogether. Consider
Continue Reading

8 Reasons Why Students Choose Musical Instruments

The process of choosing musical instruments can be challenging for parents, teachers and adult players alike. So much so, that its been the subject of a whole body of research in recent decades. Studies have shown that the factors behind choosing musical instruments have a direct impact on the success of playing. Pairing the wrong instrument to a person, often results in them losing interest and dropping out. For parents who have invested time and money into their young person’s
Continue Reading