The flute belongs to a family of musical instruments in the woodwind group. It has a tubular shape and is played by blowing across an opening known as the embouchure. A musician who plays the flute is usually referred to as a flute player, flautist or flutist.
An interesting fact is that flutes are the earliest known identifiable musical instruments. Flutes dating back to 43,000 to 35,000 years ago have been found in the region of present-day Germany. These instruments prove that even some of earliest human civilisations had developed musical traditions.
The difficulty of learning the flute will entirely depend on a player's commitment and the level they want to reach. Although the flute might seem like one of the easier instruments to play, it takes real dedication and a lot of work to master. There are different things a student must learn in order to progress.
In the beginning, you’ll notice that blowing into the flute will just produce random sounds that aren’t too appealing. Getting the shape of your mouth right will take some time, but it is one of the first things you need to learn. Later on you’ll have to get used to the physical exhaustion as well. This can be tough especially for younger students, because unlike most woodwind instruments, flutists' hands have to be elevated at all times during the performance.
Last but not least, every flue player will have to learn how to control their breathing. If you don’t master this, you’ll have a hard time sustaining notes and performing.
At the end of the day, how difficult learning the flute is will entirely depend on your commitment and how serious you are. If you find the right teacher and take classes regularly, you’ll slowly but surely get better.
Choosing the right flute is an important first step and it depends on the budget and size of the student. There are plastic models created specifically for learning purposes and younger students. Furthermore, for children and smaller students who have a hard time holding a regular-sized flute, there are curved headed flutes. They are shorter, lighter and easier to handle. They aren’t only used by children, but by beginners as well, so they have an easier time before picking up a normal flute.
Before making a purchase, we’d recommend doing your research and asking for advice in a musical shop.
If you truly want to master the flute, then working with a teacher is definitely the way to go. Although, you can certainly learn a lot by yourself, having someone to teach you and give you tips is very useful and will speed up the process. If you’re looking for the right teacher, check out what we have to offer at TutorExtra. Our website offers a variety of qualified tutors waiting for you to contact them. Prices start at around £15 and can go up to £45.