How to Choose a Flute (everything you need to know...)

One of the most common questions I receive from you learning how to play the flute online is how to choose a flute. What is the best flute to buy? What features should it have etc.? There definitely is a learning process.

I have all of the answers for you right here on this page (and within the walls of this website).

How to use this page? Simply click the blue button (below) that appears to answer your question... or click them all! Each button will open to its own page where you'll find a video from me giving you the information on that subject. There's also a transcript to read, and closed-captioning on each video for reading along for further understanding.

**This page is a work-in-progress. I have quite a few more videos queued up as well as some interesting flute reviews coming. It'll be exciting. Check back often!

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Well, whether your just starting out as a brand new flute player, looking to upgrade from your current instrument, or shopping for someone else (like your child, your wife, husband, or a girlfriend for example) purchasing a flute can be quite a daunting experience once you realize the different variables that go into it.

So I’ve created this extensive video series page that will guide you through the things that you need to know about and consider when choosing the right flute for your own unique situation.

Hi, and welcome to this page.

For those of you who may be new to the Learn Flute Online website, my name is Rebecca Fuller and I’m the owner and instructor of the Learn Flute Online programs where people of all ages, such as you can come and learn how to play the flute in an easy, organized manner, in the comfort of your own home and on your own schedule.

Now today I wanted to introduce to you this page and the subject is all about acquiring an instrument.

The reason I’m introducing this to you so formally as my online flute learning community is because.. well this is for you and I’ve been asking and compiling hundreds of questions that you flute learners sent me about choosing a new flute.

Now here are some examples:

Maybe you found or are borrowing a flute? How do you know if it’s any good?

Are you thinking of renting a flute? What questions should you ask and what can you normally expect from that company that you’ll be renting from?

Buying a new flute? Whether in store or online there are a number of factors that you should know about. There are different levels of flutes and models and makes. Different brands, there are beginner levels, intermediate and advanced levels and beyond. There are different price points as well.

Within each of those there are different companies, and like I said price points and we’ll get into the nitty gritty with all that.

Now I sent this question out to about 36,000 learning flute players and I received a lot of great feedback. So thank you to those of you who participated.

Now many of these students are already part of the membership area here at Learn Flute Online and even with all that flute specific skills and tunes, exercises, studies, PDF sheet music, and MP3 audios, accompaniments, and even some practice tracks (quite a few of them in there that I have added in the membership area), I could see that there was still a need for an entire section online here to help us all get situated and comfortable with choosing a new or used flute.

So if you haven’t already, leave your comments and questions here on this page. I’ll be putting all of this information in queue so you can find the answers in an upcoming video.

Now hopefully you are already on my email list so that you can get notified when new information is released and all of the things you need to know to learn how to play the flute really well.

Now, if you’re not on that list then now is the time to enter your info on this page. Be sure to use an email that you check often. Check the junk box and the promotions box and make sure that you add me as a safe sender because that’s where your info will end up and in your inbox.

There’s so much to learn, I can’t wait for all the fun. A new instrument is one of the most exciting parts of being a musician for sure.

Thanks so much for being here today, we’ll be seeing you soon.

Go look at all your options above.

-Rebecca Fuller

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  • Teresa

    Reply Reply October 27, 2017

    I am starting to learn the flute I have came to a cross in my life and is wanting to apply myself to something more meaning and rewarding in playing the flute in an Orchestra or Symphony. I am hoping these classes will get me there. Thank you for having me as your student

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply November 2, 2017

      Hi Teresa, I love having you here learning. It’s exciting that you are fulfilling your dream! These lessons will definitely get you going on your path. See you soon. ~Rebecca

  • Bo Hansson

    Reply Reply October 29, 2017

    This time – again Rebecka – you have made an excellent job. These things will be in my mind and useful once I choose to upgrade. Perhaps something more could be said about different headjoints that suppliers provide for intermediate and upper level flutes, but your information here was all high level knowledge and experiences given in a nice and pleasant form (as always)

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply November 2, 2017

      Great ideas here, Bo. I will include more information soon. Also, you might want to know that there is a lot of education on the intermediate and advanced levels inside the Intermediate/Advanced membership. If you’re on that level, you’ll want to join. ~Rebecca

  • Nimesha

    Reply Reply November 18, 2017

    I am a dan of Classical Indian music and that’s why I sm willing to learn flute. But have no idea asto what is the flute I should buy. So do you mind recommending me one???

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply December 29, 2017

      Sure Nimesha, each country has different brands that are easily available. If you live in a country where anything can be purchased from around the world, then you can have access to the best brands. I have been reviewing brands for quite some time now, and am posting these reviews here on this page also. Check out this video I made for you:
      Reputable brands for beginners include (there are many): Pearl, Jupiter, Trevor James, etc. – Let me know if you have more questions. ~Rebecca

  • Diana Breithaupt

    Reply Reply February 24, 2018

    I may be an unusual student. I played the flute for about 8 years, well enough to enjoy it for myself. We moved to Florida and being an artist, I got into selling paintings and didn’t play my flute much, so I sold it. Now I am 80 years old, in reasonably good health and wondering if I can play it now. I do play the whistle and I’m in a Celtic band and love Scottish music especially.. I had 14 years of piano lessons so reading some music is easy. I did some research online and decided to order a Pearl PF500 flute.That was before I found you online. Of course I can return it if necessary, but I would love to be able to play simple tunes. I am following your lessons and so far just getting the tone is not too easy. I have my little paper bird to spit on and that is not difficult… but he doesn’t make any music! 🙂 I look forward to you videos and I am working my way through them. My burning question now is how do I know the best angle for the head joint? I’ve read that it can be lined up with the keys but I’m finding I can get some decent tone with it a bit back from that, away from me. I don’t want to start a bad habit, so if you have time, I would appreciate your input.

    Cheers, Diana

  • Rick

    Reply Reply May 28, 2018

    Hi Rebecca ,
    My name is Rick and IAM from India .IAM a beginner and I joined your online classes and would like to learn from you.

    Thanking you Rebecca .

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply June 7, 2018

      Welcome Rick – we’ll see you soon in the lessons! ~Rebecca

  • D.Samuel Jayakumar

    Reply Reply July 21, 2018

    Dear Rebecca,

    My daughter’s name is Cybil Rebecca, Praise God.Thank you for your guidance and lessons. Regards.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply July 23, 2018

      Awesome, I’m glad Cybil is learning to play the flute. How fun! ~Rebecca

  • Anthony Cram

    Reply Reply August 19, 2018

    Dear Rebecca

    Thank you for the information and the emails. I have a Di Zhao 300 intermediate Flute, I know I told you that I am a beginner a learning the flute. But I know I will learn into it as I grow as a adult student.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply August 23, 2018

      Hi Anthony, you’re very welcome for the information. You’ll probably really like the Di Zhao 300. Let us know how it sounds as you learn and grow. It’ll be fabulous. 🙂 ~Rebecca

  • Leniah

    Reply Reply August 22, 2018

    Hi Rebecca! Your classes are great. I’m just getting back into my flute after 6 years no playing and my flute needs a good Service and I have a couple leaky keys (I was able to identify thanks to your videos) and wanted to know what are the average prices of a service as well as average cost to fix a leaky key?

    Many thanks 🙂

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply August 23, 2018

      Hey Leniah, thanks for the question here. Sorry you have some leaky keys. It definitely depends on where you live. If you were in my area, the best technician would get you fixed up for less than $50. Hope it goes well for you! ~Rebecca

  • Raj Akshay Kolla

    Reply Reply September 12, 2018

    Hey, Thank You Very Much for these classes.
    1) I wanted to know if the thickness of the tube makes a difference, if so how.
    2) Does it make a difference if I only change the head piece/just the resen to a gold or platinum but leave the rest as the flute in nickel/silver,
    Thank You Once Again.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply September 13, 2018

      Great questions here Raj, 1. thickness matters if you need a large concert sound (like if you’re playing on stage in a symphony hall). You can purchase thick-wall flutes that will help you really get a lot of volume. Not many people can handle a flute with a thick wall until they are very advanced. It’s not recommended for below the advanced level. and 2. You can definitely change the head joint to gold etc. and leave the rest of the flute silver. Many, many advanced and professional players do this. If you find a head joint you love… get it! Great questions. Thanks for asking. ~Rebecca

  • Chris Snyman

    Reply Reply October 13, 2018

    Hi Rebecca,

    Being a senior citizen of 69, used to play piano and viola, but my shoulders are not so good, and being a paraplegic does not really give me much choice. That’s why I decided to learn flute, it should be lighter and easier to hold. Experience proved to me to start with a better quality instrument, so I bought a new Gemeinhardt 3 OSHB flute from Rich Lupo. It will arrive here in South Africa this week. I just can’t do without playing something. I signed up for the free lessons and will subscribe for the further lessons when done with the first couple. I hope my choice of flute is more or less in line. I don’t want to be bothered by imperfections or worn parts and sub standard head joint/mouthpiece. Thanks for presenting these tutorials and giving advice.

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply October 17, 2018

      Hi Chris, yayyyy- we’re so happy you’ll be joining us. I’m glad you have a new flute coming too. We’re excited for you! See you soon. 🙂 ~Rebecca

  • Ketan Sharma

    Reply Reply December 30, 2018

    I want to learn how to learn flute desperately and want to know which flute will be best for me as I don’t know anything about music and sur and it will be just my 1 step towards it. I will be very thankful to you if you will be my online guru(teacher) for this and help me to learn this.
    I am from India and want to buy a new flute for me as a beginner. Please help me for this 🙂

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply January 2, 2019

      Hi Ketan, you can definitely learn how to play the flute here at Learn Flute Online. You’ll need to go to the best instrument store in the big city near you. You can order a flute from them. Ask for a student model flute with offset G and C foot. I have other students learning here from India. It’s fun! See you soon. 🙂

  • Robert Haller

    Reply Reply February 22, 2019

    I’m watching the first video the silver level thank you I already purchased the flute I believe the name of its called Mendini and only cost me like $70 with shipping and handling I think it’s one of the cheaper ones but I’ve never to get a little bit of sandal out of it I’ve been practicing since around February 5th 2019 I thank you for accepting me and I can’t wait to get started with the courses do you do also do Skyping where I could do it live and you can tell me what I’m doing right and wrong and what are the prices thank you I will continue with your courses thank you I want to do Skyping later on if you do Skyping or FaceTiming Skyping you know face-to-face where you can actually see the person and you can tell me what to do for like a brick and mortars approach over the internet thank you Robert Hall you’re and I do have a food already but I’m going to watch your video anyhow thank you

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