3 best flutes for beginners

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Congratulations, you chose this beautiful instrument for creating music and will not regret it! But how to chose from the best flutes for beginners?

Just be sure to make the right choices for you in the very beginning. Buying the right instrument is the core one!

It can be hard to understand what all the descriptions mean if you are not an intermediate to professional flute player.

So let me help you out there!

 

In the beginning there was the flute – best flutes to begin with!


Let me start by saying that there is not just one flute, that fits your needs. Only in the later stages of your career you will find THE PERFECT ONE, your flute soul mate. Mine is called Paul D’Or, Paul for my friends.

I bought it in Germany, after looking everywhere for “him” I finally found THE ONE. My friend asked which brand it was and I said Powell, obviously with a German accent because she understood Paul!

Paul was very expensive, the kind that you buy once and forever and so we decided that this was going to be my marriage! The shop owner and my friend where testimonials and we had a beautiful ceremony where I cried…

Anyway, I brought Paul home to Italy and because he is the “golden boy” my other friend gave him his surname D’Or.

So this is what happens, if you go pro and lose your head because of the flute passion!

But my marriage is a very happy one so far.

 

Paul D'or and me

Just a warning if you take it too seriously you might spend a lot of money…but that’s not your case.

There is plenty of good beginner flutes out there, so you won’t have to travel the world to find “the one”.

You don’t even have to leave your home, as you can very comfortably decide which one meets your needs after reading my article and order “him” online!!

So have fun and stay till the end.

A little flute language – 3 points to chose from the best flutes for beginners


What do we look for in a beginner flute?

It should be easy to handle, simple in maintenance, solid and repairable. It should provide a flexible open and warm sound.

So how do we make sure we got those points covered?

1. Easy to handle

  • A flute for beginners should provide the best and most comfortable posture possible. This will be achieved by assuring that it has plateau keys also known as closed keys (as opposite to the open key wholes for intermediate and advanced flutists). This will make it easier to close the wholes even though the fingers are not perfectly centered on the key.
  • A flute for beginners but also flutists with small hands and short arms (me!) should look for the Offset G keys (as opposite to Inline G keys) as this allows your left hand to close the G keys more comfortably. It provides an ergonomic fit and a more natural posture.
  • The foot should only have a C and not B key, as this additional key makes the flute heavier and the low notes’ distinction and diction even harder. Go with the C foot!
  • If you are under 10 years old or older but not tall ( I had to wait until I was 11), make sure your flute comes with both, a curved and a straight head, as this will allow you told hold it closer in the beginning (shorter arms) and switch to the straight head when you outgrow the curved one.

For more information on when or if to choose a curved head joint for your new flute please consult my article —–> here.

2. Simple in maintenance, solid and repairable

Well-known brands deliver their flutes with all that you will need including a complete cleaning kit. It consists in a cleaning rod and a cotton cloth for cleaning the inside of the flute. You will have to attach it to the upper end of the rod and pass it through your flute, all three pieces of it.

If it doesn’t provide the cloth you can look for a tissue that maybe your grandfather of father don’t use anymore. Tissues for men are perfect size and not too thick.

Dependable brands also equip the cleaning kit with a silver polish cloth for cleaning the outside, if the flute is silver plated of course, which I recommend. Don’t go for the solid silver just yet, silver plated is perfect in the beginning.

Flutes for beginners will have to be replaced as you advance, but if you chose well-established brands and silver plating and maintain your flute the right way, you can play it for years.

Chose the best brands to make sure your flute can be repaired easily and with too much of a cost.

For more information on the maintenance of your new flute, have a quick look ——-> here.

3. It should provide a flexible open and warm sound.

Last but not least, we should say something about the importance of sound quality. You will wish for a flute with an easy to produce warm sound with substance. And that is playing well in tune.

It should help you find your own sound and thus be very flexible. This depends on the lip plate, the riser, the material and thickness of the flute (ability to vibrate and produce different harmonic frequencies) and the scale that is used to put the wholes in it.

Some aspects you can change later on, like the height of the opening of the keys (affects sound quality and intonation). So you do not have to worry about that now. In the beginning you wouldn ‘t be able to verify that, neither in the shop and least buying online. So I will forward experts’ advice and recommendations on open superior sound quality and comfort in its production.

Your flute should provide great flexibility for sound production (like they say, even play when you hold it outside of the car window! …which I do not recommend at all!)

 

My top 2 recommendations from the best flutes for beginners


The two brands that I recommend for all the reasons listed above, that is those which provide them all are Yamaha and Pearl.

My own beginner flute was a Pearl flute and I still have it in case my professional one is not available. I can play it in my symphony orchestra or chamber music groups, it is still doing fine. So I definitely recommend Pearl flutes.

I have seen in my years of teaching and speaking to colleagues that Yamaha is even more solid and can bring you through advanced studies as well. Most Yamaha flutes I have seen have excellent intonation and are easy to play in tune.

So my two top recommendations are to chose from the best flutes for beginners are

 

1. Yamaha YFL-222 Intermediate Flute

This flute comes with an easy to handle case. It also offers foot joint marking to facilitate fitting and is specifically designed for a clean attack, sensitive response, and accurate intonation.

2. Pearl PF500 500 Series Student Flute

This flute comes in a hard case, which is much more safe than the other one, and with an anti-tarnish strip inside the case. There is no bag with the hard case, so you will have to buy that as well. But the hard case is much more professional and will let the flute live longer!

Is it possible to learn the flute by yourself and how long does it take?  More info —-> here.

Conclusion on how to chose from the best flutes for beginners


Now that you have chosen your flute it is time to get some action!

To know what to do with it in the first moments, you can follow some useful videos on YouTube.

Be sure to take good care and maintenance of your new flute. Also play it for some minutes several times a day as that is the best way to enhance muscle memory. Be curious and not judging. Try things out!

Also try to improve your breathing. You can do that by reading my article —-> here.

On this website topflute offers some huge hacks for practicing the flute and you can browse through them as well —-> here.

If you haven’t already done so you should provide yourself with a music stand, metronome and tuner. Some earplugs for your neighbors might be useful as well when beginning to play the higher octaves!! You can read my articles linked below for further information concerning your new flute life:

happy fluting after knowing How to chose from the best flutes for beginners

music stands

metronomes

tuners

earplugs

curved headjoints

correct maintenance for a long flutelife

 

 

Now go and have fun!

Let me know your first impressions and if you have any questions!

Happy flute life,

Janie

founder of

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14 Replies to “3 best flutes for beginners”

  1. Wow! This brought back so many memories. I had to take classes to play this instrument because it was a requirement on my elementary years. I remember I had the Yamaha one, but I’m guessing they have a whole variety because mine was so different. Though, the sounds were amazing, so I can confirm that Yamaha is a great starter.

    1. Hi Stephanie, thanks for leaving a comment. Yes, there are so many different instruments, especially if you are talking about some time ago. Different serial numbers and different features. But I’m happy to see that also with you the Yamaha brand never deludes! Great sound, stable intonation, just the perfect flute for beginners.
      All the best,
      Janie

  2. I enjoyed your story about how you’ve met your perfect flute. That was a great read. 🙂 Also, thanks for sharing your expertise on how to choose the best flute for beginners. As well as on how to take care of your instrument in the future. This is a beneficial post for all flute beginners. Keep up the great work! Ivan

    1. Thank you so much, Ivan! I love to entertain and give valuable insight at the same time. Thanks for your interest and stopping by!
      Keep it up, Janie

    2. Hi, Janie. I loved the analogy you portrayed between you and your flute as compared to husband and wife. With so many choice out there, it is often overwhelming to find what you’re looking for. I can tell you’re passionate about music, especially the flute. In my case, I tried to practice the piano, the guitar and the recorder, all with mixed results. I would like to pick it up someday.
      Congratulations on your post. It’s a really useful guide for all people interested in buying a flute for the first time. Thanks for sharing. Keep up the good work.

      1. Hi Enrique,
        Thank you so much for taking the time! Yes, I love my flute and we also have this kid, the piccolo!! Music is fun, if you find the time I hope you pick up your playing. All the best!
        Janie

  3. It would have been so awesome if I could have had a flute as a kid. I absolutely loved them. Right now, the best I can afford is a plastic recorder. I remember being around kids with those. I enjoy listening to classical flute music. Best wishes!

  4. Great tips on the best flutes to buy for beginners. I also appreciate that you provide flute recommendations, and give us the link to make a flute purchase on Amazon. What could be easier? I have been a big fan of the flute since hearing Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull back in the 70’s. Such talent, and such a great sound. This information is extremely useful for anyone interested in picking up the flute, as well as for experienced players. Thanks for sharing, Tom

    1. Thank you so much Tom, Ian has indeed made the flute famous!
      I hope new flutists are growing and maybe I can help some of them to play with the sound they dream of.
      We will see, all the best to you!
      Janie

  5. I’ve always wanted to play the flute. I am extremely excited that I can learn by myself. My grandmother used to play the flute for us but now its just laying there catching dust. I can now put it to good use and keep myself busy

    1. I love that you feel that way!! So happy that I could help you. If you need help with the starters just let me know, I’ll be more than happy to help you out. I will start to put beginners lessons myself on my blog. Actually my idea was “1001 lessons to magic flute”. But for now I can recommend all of the first lessons I have seen on You Tube. They are all valuable and correct. So it depends on who you like better!
      If you need a book to start with I teach with the Trevor Wye books. It is a fun and valuable method!
      All the best and keep busy with that flute!

  6. Thank you for your suggestions. I really appreciate it. We all had to play a flute in my elementary school. It was only in 7th grade though and we played low quality flutes. It was only for practicing. However, I really fell in love with the instrument and started to learn playing it. After a year I stopped and decided to give it a one more try in the years to come.

    That is how I bumped into your website and I just might pick the Yamaha flute, for developing my skills.

    I love your website by the way.

    Strahinja.

    1. Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I’m happy I could help you out here with chosing one of the 3 best flutes for beginners. Let me know if you need help when starting to put it together and play it. I’m planning on leaving a whole course on my site, but I’m not there yet. So for now just suggestions and help if you already found a way to learn.
      But if you should have any questions, please come back to us at topflute and we will be more than happy to help.
      All the best,
      Janie

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