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