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 D. Those two notes are the trickiest ones for a while.
In this video I turn to the side and show you the four different balance points you need to learn how to hold the flute.
Looking at your left hand you’ll notice that there is a space between the first two keys. This is a very special spot to notice because your flute will rest on your hand between .. or closer to the first key. Many students will make the mistake of trying to balance their left hand under the ‘second’ key- (the first key you actually press). This causes a host of issues for balance and will cause your flute to slip right out of your hands especially as you are shifting from the C to second octave D fingerings.
The most important details when learning how to hold the flute correctly..
Your first finger will actually be coming from the side to reach that first key. If you find that your first finger is coming ‘straight on’ to the first key, you will have found your problem.
In this video I’ll point out that you need to know right where your ‘palm bone’ is. By following my instructions, you’ll find the perfect little spot for your left hand. **This is the most important balance point when learning how to play the flute.**
Learning to play the flute with proper hand position makes you play better, play faster, and gives you the technique you need to become a high level flute player.
There are three other balance points in this video. Watch and learn. Or you can listen to a podcast episode where I discuss some of the same details about holding your slippery flute (and making it easier). I am excited for you to get even better at playing the flute. Learning how to hold the flute is definitely one of theeee most important skills. 🙂
How to hold the flute correctly is something not everyone knows. It’s okay if you are one of these people. There are simple tweaks and fixes that will help you get it right. Playing the flute will feel easy and a lot more fun when your flute isn’t slipping around.
Have you ever seen someone play the flute on a television show? It’s rare that they are actually playing. It’s usually dubbed in music and the person holding the flute has their fingers on the wrong keys. I see this a lot for string players as well. I guess flutists (and actors) who know how to hold the flute right are a rare breed!
There are other factors that go into helping you hold your flute so it feels easy. Learning what to do with your knuckles is one of them, believe-it-or-not!
Do you have a bendy thumb? No worries… I can show you what to do for that also. There’s a specific technique I can show you that will help the tension in your hands as you try to hold the flute melt right away.
Tension in our hands causes all sorts of issues. I always have to point out when a student has a ‘death grip’ on their instrument. Relaxing is so much easier when you have your balance points in check. This in turn nurtures good technique. Good technique = good flute playing!
Good music in your life fosters good health too. Have you heard the research on this? I geek out on this kind of knowledge because I BELIEVE IT. I’ve experienced it for myself and seen it over and over thousands of times. Music is very good for the body and the soul.
Continue polishing your technique and special balance points as you learn to hold the flute or even re-learn how. We’re getting better every single day around here!