Flute hacks for beginners and pros – 3 ways to level up

Are you looking for flute hacks for beginners and pros to level up you flute playing?

Topflute has selected two times three ways to step up your game.

Go, get those hacks!


Flute hacks for beginners and pros – ways to level up

Other than following fairly simple schemes like the ones I’ve published ——-> here,

what can we do to enhance our skills and musical expression range?


flute hacks for beginners and pros



A three-way street to the same destination – improved flute playing

———-> Street number one

  • We can only express what we have felt or known and therefor we should listen to flute music as much as we can. By doing so we should become conscious of what we feel when we listen and if our emotional range is widening as well.

Knowledge is best acquired through emotions, energy in motion. Playing the flute requires both, energy and motion, we need to feel our body and not be disconnected from its parts and its emotions.

Whenever you link a sound to an emotion you will be able to reproduce it in any whatsoever stressful circumstance. Widen your bodily understanding of flute music.


———-> Street number two

  • Whenever you play, sing as well. Never produce a sound without singing it within you (I don’t mean the actual practice we used in practice tips, or in part also further down this artile, of singing and playing simultaneously).

I mean an energetic, active state, where energy flows and vibrates. Every note you produce, every sound needs to come from that place of vibrant beautiful flow, it can caress or overwhelm, take you with it or leave you with a shining glance of its memory.

You can change this way every time you play, just always feel it.


———-> Street number three


  • Imagine your fingers move in a perfect order on this air stream and produce pearls or different colors of a painting. Visualize what they create and you will easily remember the way the have to move without having to do it in repetition for an hour.

Remember the feeling of them creating an image on the canvas or interweaving a beautiful textile. Link the image to the sound, the sound to a feeling. Remember the feeling and you will play correctly anytime anywhere what you store together with that feeling.

Make sure it is positive and a creation you like. That is actually studying. Make it yours! Or as the singers say “put it into your voice”.



3 proven flute technique hacks


All the following techniques initially complicate our performance and in each we gain a different awareness which will massively contribute to the quality of our performance and your overall security at performing.

Can you lean on what you internalized and jump?


flute hacks for beginners and pros

  • Flute harmonics, play the piece with the lowest fingering producing the written sound as a harmonic. In this way you will learn how to produce a sound at the right tune a note with more support, larger opening. When you play with normal fingering again it will seem a walk in the park to you! Not only that, you will be surprised how much the intonation and quality of the sound has improved.


  • Fluttering tongue, play the piece using fluttering tongue continuously. In this way you will need to majorly increase your air support and also to link to notes together without stopping airflow or vibrato. Your sound quality will improve and your legato will be awesome. Also, you study a technique for contemporary flute music.


  • Sing and play, play the piece while singing harmony notes as a second part to your piece. While it increases hugely the quality of your sound, forcing it through the singing position of the airflow through the vocal chords, it moreover improves your harmonic understanding of the piece. Who says a flutist is a monophonic instrument? Let’s prove them wrong and improve our playing a great deal while learning how to accompany ourselves!


Flute loops – an unusual flute exercise in flute hacks for beginners and pros

Another way of getting in the zone, in your flow, your effortless playing and enjoying yourself while improving your overall playing is by creating loops from the most beautiful fragments of melodies that you love.

Wherever they come from, play them by heart and play them as often as you wish. Make them more beautiful every time and only when you feel centered move on to new things.

This is a selection of my favorite Italian flute tunes, that I play to stay in the flow and enter the zone. In the below video it is actually me playing with my pianist. I hope you enjoy.



Spot on – flute playing

What to do with those tips and tricks?

From all those ideas to make your sound and phrasing match your level of expression, communicative skill and therefore musicianship, choose at least two every day and incorporate them in what you already do when you practice.

Try to vary them once you manage them in a way that satisfies you and when you think you own them.



Once you have become familiar with all of them, choose the right one for every piece or situation. Get your inner position in place from where the air stream, the fingers, the posture and energy will be supportive to an overall musical idea.


Also read my other articles about practicing  to get a more complete picture.


——->                                  flute practice tips

——->                                                               vibrato technique

——->                                                                                    breathing technique

——->                                                                                                               breathing awareness


If you have any questions, doubts, ideas,

please leave them below in the comment section and

I will be more than happy to answer personally.


Happy fluting everyone,


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and myflutelife.com



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12 thoughts on “Flute hacks for beginners and pros – 3 ways to level up”

  1. Thank you for this awesome tips. I recently started playing and I am really looking forward to mastering this instrument. Your website helped me a lot so far.

    Thank you for doing this awesome work.


    • Thank you very much for sharing your experience. We appreciate that! And all the best with your further studies. If you need any help or have questions, don’t hesitate to use the contact form or submit another comment.
      We’ll be more than happy to help you out.

  2. Very good article and I think it will improve my musical ear and the energy I have when I listen to music.
    Your 3-way street will be tried and practiced as I think it will make me better with my music.
    Which one would you start with first? How long do you practice with the technique?

    • Hi Bob, thank you for being here at topflute and sharing your comment. To answer your questions, you should start with the way that comes most natural to you and practice it until it feels automated. Then you can add the next one you feel most comfortable with. There is no rule in order or time. It depends on the flutist you are becoming.
      Hope this helped, let us know how it works out for you!

  3. I love this article, Janie. Your writing style is wonderful and it took me on each step of the journey through the post and I didn’t once consider stopping. I have a flute and several other instruments. Suffice to say that I can play them for personal enjoyment but won’t be giving any concerts 🙂 Music has always deeply resonated with me and I like a huge range of genre. Going through this post with you was like a musical experience in itself and the video at the end . . . perfect. Thank you, I’m pleased I saw this post.

    • I’m so thankful to hear that, Steve! Your comment is a piece of music, too!! You definitely have it in you and I’m happy that you do play even several instruments. You are welcome to come back to our page any time you need inspiration and maybe inspire us with your beautiful mind.
      Best wishes and a life filled with music,

  4. Hi Janie,

    I loved this post! I think it’s so true with flute or anything creative that requires mastery about what you said about being in a state of flow- this is where the magic happens, and we need to try to tap into this as much as possible! With creativity, emotion is key. I sing, and feel the same thing, it’s so much better when you’re in a state of flow. Really beautifully put.

    I also found it really fascinating, what you said about playing and singing to harmonise at the same time. I didn’t even know this was possible! Mind blown. Thanks for the great read and happy playing!

    • Honored to talk to such a passionate artist like you! Thank you for sharing your comment with us. Isn’t it just addictive to get into that state of flow? I guess it is. We should pay attention to our health, because eventually we pay the toll if we don’t rest and eat well.
      Yes, you definitely can sing and play at the same time. One of the two will suffer a little, but with practice it’s refinable!
      Happy to connect,

  5. Great tips as always! Your expertise is highly appreciated. I’m a complete newbie when it comes to playing the flute. But your site has helped a lot. Keep up sharing your knowledge.


    • Thank you, Ivan! Happy we can contribute to your studies.
      We appreciate your comment very much and wish you all the best in your flute life!
      If you have a question, don’t hesitate to come back and ask.
      We will help you out gladly!

  6. I love the flute. I love the lovely sounds that the flute produces. It is so sweet and enchanting.

    My interest in the flute has increased because of your article. These streets you gave for beginners and pros are excellent! My favorite is playing and singing. Do you mean actually singing or singing in your heart and mind? I know, silly question right? Because how to sing and play the flute at the same time. But then again, I am no expert. So, I thought I’d better clarify.

    The three hacks confuse me a little. I try to imagine what you described but it eludes me. Sorry. Maybe it is because I am so new to the flute. Would you be able to provide videos or photos of what you described?

    Once again, thanks for this wonderful and helpful instructions. I will bookmark your website for future reference, and to look out for new articles.

    • Thank you very much for your comment! To ask your questions, you can sing and play at the same time. Just either the singing or the playing suffers a little and there might be some difference beats due to very close but not perfect pitch. The other two hacks are also part pf contemporary flute technique and in the beginning make playing harder. So that when you finally “just” play, you can concentrate on the intention and flow, the actual production of the sound is so easy it plays nearly by itself.
      I hope you will come back and enjoy our posts, they are not all that techie 😉


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