Are you ready to embark of a new journey to learn how to play the flute? I am so so excited for you! In this article I will go through all the tools and equipment you need to get started.
- A flute
This may seem a little silly that I have to put this on the list, but let me explain. To learn how to play the flute well, it is imperative that you have a flute that is in good condition and high quality. I would recommend a student flute for beginners. The newer the better (as far as flutes go).
If you already have a flute (but it has been a few years since its been used) I would highly recommend taking it to a professional flute technician for a tune up. This will help you to be able to learn, grow, and expand your flute abilities without worrying that your flute will be hindering your potential. Do your homework and find the best technician possible.
- Cleaning tools
It is so important to have the right tools and knowledge to care for your flute. Taking good care of your flute will ensure your continued success for many years to come. The supplies you need include a cleaning rod (or stick) and a cleaning cloth. I would also recommend buying a polishing cloth to help prevent tarnish on your flute and to keep your flute looking shiny and new. There’s no need for a kit of oils, waxes, and special tools- these are actually damaging to your instrument.
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- A metronome
I truly believe that a metronome is a key ingredient in the recipe to learning to play music really well. Learning how to use a metronome in the earlier stages of flute playing will really help your chances of becoming a well-versed musician. So, the sooner you can get one in your hands (and learn to use it) the better.
- A tall music stand
Flute players are a bit unique since it is best if we practice and perform standing instead of sitting. A good music stand will help you develop the correct posture and positioning of the flute, because you won’t be worried about bending over or tilting your flute funny to read the music. This in turn also affects your tone… so trust me when I say that investing in a sturdy, tall music stand is a great decision.
With these items you will be well on your way to becoming the flutist you’ve dreamed about. Let me know what other items you feel are on the ‘necessary’ list for learning how to play the flute.
Have any questions? Comment below and I will help you out.