I have an awesome video demonstration of this article in Module 4:
I immediately say, “check for popped springs.”
When a student tells me that “my flute won’t play”, I immediately say “check for popped springs”.
They always say, “Springs?”
Your flute has some thin, tiny little metal sticks that we call springs.
Most of the keys on your flute are open all of the time unless pushed down by one of your fingers. Occasionally (sometimes never) one of these little springs will pop out from under its spring cradle and create the problem of its connected key to be laying down when it is not supposed to be.
When a spring is popped, your flute will sound terrible. Most of the notes will give the same airy tone no matter how many keys you have pressed. It also causes panic. Don’t worry. The video on your flute in Module 4 gives a quick demonstration on how to fix this problem. It’s easy and painless.
You’ll just have to get your eagle eyes on and search your flute for a spring that is out of place. Then, using an eyeglass-type of mini screwdriver (or a long fingernail) hook it back in its cradle.
You’ll be good as new within moments.
There. All better.
If your still having problems leave a comment below and I will help you figure it out.