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Beginner Flute Instruction Course – Introduction
Hi I’m Dr. Angela McBrearty and welcome to my course on beginner flute instruction.
Helping the Beginner Flutist to Pick Up the Flute with Confidence and Learn the Basics Needed to Get a Fast Start!
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Do you or someone you love want to learn to play the flute?
I’ve been teaching beginners to play the flute since the 1990’s. In 2010, I received my doctorate from the Eastman School of Music where I wrote my dissertation on beginner flute instruction.
So, I can help you learn to play the flute.
In this course, we’ll cover:
- The types of flutes and the sounds they make
- Choosing an instrument to purchase
- Caring for your flute
- Getting started making music
- Beginner songs by ear
- How to practice & progress
You don’t need to read music to learn how to play flute in this course.
I will teach you where to place your fingers to play notes.
Then we will put notes together to play beginner songs by ear.
We’ll even play duets where you play the melody and I play harmony.
Meet the Flutes
In this SECTION, I will introduce you to 4 flutes in the flute family. We’ll begin with the C Flute, which is the flute that you think of when you think of the flute. I’ll demonstrate its range and dynamics, and give you a taste of the various sounds you came make with the C Flute. I will also show you the Alto Flute, the Bass Flute and the Piccolo.
By the end of this section you’ll know if the flute is the instrument for you. And if so, you’ll have a lot to look forward to because you can learn to make a lot of fun music with the flute.
So, join me in this section to discover what you can do with the flute.
Meet the C Flute
When you think of the flute you’re thinking of this one, the C Flute.
In this lecture, I’ll demonstrate my Haynes professional model flute and show you some of the differences between a professional model flute and a beginner model.
I opened with a piece called Syrinx by Claude Debussy, a very famous flute solo.
It’s a lot of fun to play!
Flute Sounds Range & Dynamics
In this lecture, I will demonstrate some of the sounds that you can make with a C Flute, from low C to 3 octaves higher C, and extended techniques such as: flutter tonguing, vibrato, beat-boxing, multi-phonics, tongue stop, and a jet whistle.
I opened with a piece called the Concerto in G Major by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Meet the Alto Flute
In this lecture, I will demonstrate the Alto flute, which is in the key of G. This beautiful instrument has a larger bore hole size – it’s thicker – and longer than the standard C Flute. This gives it a sultrier, more ethereal sound particularly in the upper register.
The Alto flute is often used in Jazz performances and flute choirs.
I opened with Yankee Doodle on the Alto flute.
Meet the Bass Flute
In this lecture, I will demonstrate the bass flute, which is in the key of C. The bass flute is bigger still than the alto flute. It’s longer with a bigger curved head joint and a larger bore size. It produces a beautiful low bass sound. Since it’s in the key of C, you can play with other C instruments without transposing the music.
The bass flute is sometimes used in Jazz performances. It adds a nice depth to my flute choir. We notice when the bass flute misses choir.
I opened with Twinkle Twinkle on the Bass flute.
Meet the Piccolo
In this lecture, I will demonstrate the piccolo, which is the smallest member of the flute family. It is also in the key of C which means that you can play with other C instruments without transposing the music. It only goes down to a D, and when it goes up to a high C it sounds an octave higher than the C Flute.
The Piccolo is often played in marching band.
I opened with Yankee Doodle on the Piccolo.
Purchasing a Flute
In this SECTION, I’m going to help you make a good purchase decision – to buy the right flute for you or the beginner flutist in your life.
We’ll discuss some important considerations that effect which flute you buy such as:
- You age – whether too young or too old
- The size and strength of your fingers and hands
- Your aspirations
- Your budget
- Who makes beginner and intermediate flutes
- Where to buy: online, music stores, auction sites
Caring For Your Flute
In this SECTION, I’ll teach you how to care for your flute. There are things that you must do every time you finish playing your flute and other things that only a trained technician should do – things that you should not try at home.
- Holding your flute
- Cleaning cloths
- Cleaning your flute
- Flute stands
- Cases & bags
- Flute maintenance
Getting Started Playing Flute
You’re getting ready to start playing music on the flute!
But first, in this SECTION I’ll teach you:
- How to put your flute together so that you’re ready to play
- How to hold your flute to play it
- Where to place your fingers so you can reach all the keys
- How to stand with the proper posture for the best sound
- 2 ways to make your first sounds with your flute
Beginner Flute Songs By Ear
This is where the fun really begins – You learn to play songs on the flute!
In this SECTION, I’ll teach you:
- 11 beginner songs by ear – without reading music
- We’ll start with 3 easy notes that move in simple steps
- I’ll teach you how to articulate your notes to get a sparkly sound
- We’ll play the same 3 notes but make it a little harder by skipping around
- We’ll add more notes
- Then we’ll add a flat and a sharp
- We’ll play duets together where you play the melody and I play harmony!
Articulation on the Flute
In this Lecture, I’ll teach you to articulate notes with the tip of your tongue to get a sparkly sound without running out of air.
This is the difference between making your notes with a “tah” sound versus a “who” sound.
I’ll demonstrate articulation with the song you just learned Hot Cross Buns.
What to Do Next with Your Flute
Congratulations! You’ve made it to the last SECTION of the course.
We’ll wrap up the course in this SECTION with:
- Suggestions about practicing the flute
- The beginner books that I recommend for my students
- A few options for more lessons