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How to Hold the Flute

How to hold the flute is a very common question many flute players have. In fact, it isn’t even a question just for beginners because the farther you move up in level, the more you notice that exactly ‘how you hold the flute’ is extremely important. I made a special video tutorial just for people who have this question (hosted on this page). The flute seems so slippery.. especially when you are playing C to …

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What to do About Sweaty, Slippery Lip When Playing Flute

What to do About Sweaty, Slippery Lip When Playing Flute

It’s definitely no fun when you’re trying to focus on sounding great, yet your flute won’t stay put. What can you do about sweaty, slippery lip when playing flute? There are a few easy fixes for this uncomfortable phenomenon.   First, is it hot? Then it’s totally normal to sweat a bit while you’re practicing or performing your instrument. It’s so much easier to keep your lip plate in the perfect spot when the temperatures …

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Why Do I Have Inconsistent Tone on My Flute

Why Do I Have Inconsistent Tone on My Flute?

Is your tone spot on one day and then totally fuzzy the next? Wonder what causes inconsistent tone? You’re not alone. There are a few reasons why many flute players feel they have unpredictable tone. Feeling on top of the world in your flute practice session one day and then feeling like you have completely missed the mark on another isn’t uncommon, especially amongst newer players. Barring any mechanical issues with your flute, let’s assume …

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How to Trill Better on Flute

How to Trill Better on Flute

Do your fingers feel slow or stuck when you’re trying to trill? You’re not alone. Here are some simple tips to learning how to trill better on flute. Trills are one of the exciting sounds a flutist can make on their instrument, and not being able to execute them as well as you want is frustrating. Following these hints will really help you find faster, more fluent fingers, right away. First, let’s make sure you …

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Why does my flute sound flat

Flute sounds flat? No worries..

Wonder why your flute sounds flat? Noticing you’re out of tune is a good first step, but droopy, flat tone isn’t pretty. You may be stuck wondering “Why does my flute sound flat?” And, you may wonder if it’s your flute that has the problem or something you’re doing as you play that is the reason why your flute sounds flat. My flute sounds flat (!) There are a few different reasons, and usually, it’s …

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Why are my high notes sharp

Why Are My High Notes Sharp?

Are your high notes always super sharp? In this article I will give you several things you can do to play high notes on tune. Recently, I had a student tell me that after they tune their flute at the beginning of their practicing, they start playing and find that almost all of their high notes are sharp. Use your upper lip to direct your airstream. Does this sound familiar? The first thing to note …

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3 Tips to Help You Start Playing the Flute Right

3 Tips to Help You Start Playing the Flute Right

Learning how to play the flute can bring you a lifetime of joy and fun. Here are the top 3 tips to help you start playing the flute right. Relax your new embouchure. Using just your head joint is the best way to accomplish this. No need to hurry onto the whole flute quite yet. Spend time learning how to relax your face while getting your ‘blow’ to work. It’s where the joy in music …

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A Flute Skills Check Up How Do You Rate

A Flute Skills Check Up: How Do You Rate?

It’s time to gain a little reality on your music competence. Are you on the path to where you want to go? There are certain things you should be accomplishing to get to the point where playing the flute is easy and fun. Let’s do a flute-skills check-up: How do you rate? Novice Level: If you haven’t learned proper assembling and cleaning skills, for example, then it’s time you get there and know that your …

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Fast Fingers Are Another Benefit of Flute Playing

Fast Fingers Are Another Benefit of Flute Playing

Did you learn how to play an instrument as a child? Were you older when you started playing the flute? There are many benefits of having music lessons in your lifetime, faster thinking, better discipline, are just a couple of music perks, and you may be surprised to hear that fast fingers are another benefit of playing the flute. Fast fingers? When a child is very young (infant), they are surprised and very happy the …

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Why Does My Flute Squeak-

Why Does My Flute Squeak?

Is it the instrument, or you? Super high pitches that make you jump are actually quite solvable once you know what is actually happening. The answer to “Why does my flute squeak?” is a combination of air speed and angles. It’s safe to say that the instrument itself doesn’t make any sharp, high-pitched sounds itself until blown into. So we can safely rule out the flute being the culprit. If  realize the exact moments when …

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