How To Properly Take A Flute Apart

When taking flute lessons from a really knowledgeable flute teacher, you should be taught how to properly take a flute aHow-to-properly-take-apart-a-flutepart first thing.  But, I know that sometimes the little details can be overlooked, and ultimately cost your flute’s life to end early.

Sound dramatic?

It is.

In all seriousness this is one of THE most common mistakes I see flute students of all sizes, ages, and shapes make when disassembling their flutes.

The head joint and the foot joint of a flute both need to be twisted on and off in order to keep the metal perfectly shaped.

Let me briefly explain.

Whether you can tell or not, the body (long piece) of the flute has tapered ends.  The head joint and the foot joint both need to be twisted on and off in order to keep the metal perfectly shaped.  This will keep the joints tight, not leaking air, and not loose.

Flutists who do not understand this will shove and yank when assembling and disassembling creating a strrretch in the metal which will cause especially the foot joint to get so loose it may (and oftentimes does) fall off by

Falling pieces is not a good thing.  (think “broken flute”)

I’m sure you agree.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.  Twist flutists, twist.  It’s the cool thing to do.


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  • Elaine RInne

    Reply Reply November 15, 2013

    Thanks for the reminders. So much to learn it really helps when you remind us of the very important details!

  • GArry

    Reply Reply November 15, 2013

    What a great tip. I will link this into my website on the INSTRUMENT CARE section.


    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply November 18, 2013

      Yes, Garry – the learning flutists in your area of the world (Australia) will definitely benefit from this tip. 🙂

  • WilliamMurphy

    Reply Reply November 21, 2013

    Thanks for the reminder about assembly.


    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply November 25, 2013

      Yup Yup. Muy importante.

  • Geoff

    Reply Reply January 21, 2014

    Thanks Rebecca for the helpful tips

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply January 23, 2014

      You’re welcome, Geoff. I’m glad you’re here to learn. -Rebecca

  • Neil du Plessis

    Reply Reply February 23, 2014

    I remember you saying in one of your flute care videos that I should disassemble and put my flute away every time I’m finished playing. Should I consider rather putting my flute on it’s stand if I’m going to play again in a few hours or so? What are we protecting against by putting it away every time? Obviously, I want to take extremely good care of my flute and I was thinking I should also look at minimising the number of times I choose to disassemble it. Thanks so much for all your help – you’re fantastic!

    • RebeccaFuller

      Reply Reply February 25, 2014

      Hey Neil, if you are coming back to your flute within a few minutes you can leave it out, but if it will be hours then you should definitely put it away. It will not be shiny and pretty anymore if you leave it out too much. Glad you asked. 🙂 Rebecca

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