BEST INTERMEDIATE FLUTES

You have been playing for a while now and you fell in love with this beautiful instrument. However, your student flute has seen better days and reached its limits. In other words, you can hear the metal and imperfections and you have outgrown it. Therefore, we are looking at the best intermediate flutes.

The best intermediate flutes


First of all, above a certain range, there are no really bad choices anymore. In fact, those were possible with student flutes, but at least it didn’t cost you a fortune. Moreover, if you wish to dive deeper into the beginner flutes, please refer to this article.

However, you have managed to overcome that first big choice and here you are wanting to know everything about the intermediate flutes. In fact, those are instruments that will accompany and hopefully facilitate you in the progress between a hopeful beginner and a dedicated professional. But if chosen well, it can also be your last flute. It depends on your final use of it. In other words, you might find a flute here, that lasts a lifetime!

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How to choose an intermediate flute


Above all, your new flute should be offering a warm and rich range of tone quality. In addition, it should be precise in response and carry the sound far. This depends much on the material. Therefore, you should look for a sterling silver flute. In other words, do not buy another nickel or nickel silver flute.

Furthermore, the flute should be stable and a little heavier. In other words, a diameter between 0.4 and 0.43 should allow you to get a vaster timbric range. Also, look for the warranty and assistance offered after buying. For instance, you might look at professional pads and a well-established brand.

Probably, you won’t need it for a few years, but look for a brand that a professional repair shop close to you can serve well. Nowadays, that is not a big problem anymore, but you might want to consider this thought. Or just go with what you like best and ship your flute for overhauls to a professional center. More on that in my flute care article.

After that, look for the offset or inline G mechanism, that you are already acquainted with from your beginner flute. However, what I suggest to change, is the C foot. You might want to goo with a B foot now. Those generally offer the gizmo key, that helps produce smooth and flexible high C””. Consider looking for a D # roll as well. This facilitates the transition from C or C# to D#. Split E goes without saying.

Some might wish for a golden lip plate, or even golden head joint. I, myself had a golden mantle on the inside of the lip plate. But there is no must. Just something my intermediate flute came with and I loved it. However, go definetely with open hole keys, you will need them!

A flute with these characteristics can easily accompany you through your whole music education to your flute degree and help you win auditions and competitions. Eventually, as a professional musician, you might want to upgrade again, but till then, you will be very well accompanied by one of the following.

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4 best intermediate flutes on topflute


Now it is your time to choose! If you get one of the following you can’t do anything wrong. Just bear in mind the things to look for that I explained one section up. After that, it all comes down to your personal preferences. But, should you have questions on anything, please ask and share through the comment section. I will be very happy to help you out!

For best-selling options, click on the pictures or description beneath. You might also find some stunning offers of pre-owned or show case flutes that are in perfect condition. Find out how to become a proud owner now!

 

Yamaha Professional 777


Yamaha Professional 777H Series Flute Offset G C# trill, split E, gizmo key 8883



Yamaha Professional 777H Series
  • entirely sterling silver head joint, body and keys
  • warm and expressive colors that only the finest silver flutes can provide
  • heat treated with Yamaha’s proprietary acoustic annealing process
  • impressive evenness of tone and response throughout all registers
  • hand-finished sterling silver head joint is a modified version of the Type A head joint
  • specially designed cut of the head joint
  • offers incredible response and an impressive dynamic range
  • 0.43mm wall thickness which for a remarkably warm and rich tone
  • standard with Straubinger Phoenix Pads, precise and consistent seal
  • lighter touch and quicker action
  • keys feature traditional pointed key arms, elegance
  • open-hole keys with pointed key arms
  • Offset G 
  • split E
  • B Foot joint
  • includes case, case cover aand cleaning rod
  • 5-year warranty, made in Japan

This flute is widely used and tested and many of my fellow students played it and enjoyed it.

But the following is the flute I played on intermediated level and still consider the best option:

Sankyo Handmade 701


 

Sankyo 701 Series Handmade Model Professional Flute Inline G / D# Roller / B Foo

Sankyo 701 Series Handmade Model
  •  all silver instrument
  • possesses a mellowness and transparency that is most characteristic of the flute
  • majestic sound, lush tone colors in the upper register that are remarkable
  • all nuances and supple dynamic changes can be easily achieved
  • both edges of the embouchure have been slightly rounded and the plate height and embouchure have been altered to allow for a larger and richer variety of tones
  • the head joint’s style is designed to offer a stable and an even sound quality across the registers
  • drawn-up tone holes
  • 0.40 mm tubing
  • 10K White Gold springs
  • inline or offline G
  • D# Roller
  • B Foot
  • handmade work of art!

 

The following flute is the intermediate version of the professional flute I play now and I highly recommend this brand:

Powell Sonare


Powell 705 Sonare Series Professional Flute B Foot / Open Hole / Inline G 190839
Powell 705 Sonare Series
  • 700 series flutes are the top of the line from Sonare
  • handmade, sterling silver, Powell Signature head joints
  • sterling silver bodies, with the Modern Powell Scale
  • Elgiloy steel alloy springs
  • french pointed arms
  • professional flute in a class all its own
  • B foot
  • open key holes
  • inline G

The following has recently been bought by a student and she is very happy with her:

Altus Handmade 1107


Altus 1107 Series Handmade Flute Offset G, Split E, C# Trill Key, Z cut headjoin

Altus 1107 Series Handmade Flute

  • exceptional hand craftsmanship
  • tonal color, and playability of Altus flutes
  • AltusBennett scale
  • stainless steel springs
  • French-pointed keys
  • elegant wood-frame French case with leatherette finish and padded nylon case cover
  • .958 Britannia silver head joint and body silver
  • offers a dark, rich color without sacrificing brilliance
  • Sterling silver-plated mechanism
  • extruded tubing with drawn and rolled tone holes
  • handmade by Shuichi Tanaka
  • Offset G
  • Split E
  • B foot
  • open holes

 

The best intermediate flutes become an extension of your body


In conclusion, at this level you can say that the best intermediate flutes become an extension of your body and should resonate with you. In addition, your body will adapt to form the cavities and air stream movements that best fit your flute. Many many hours spent together will make you a little family, and “I married mine” as you might have read in the beginners’ flute article.

Just kidding, but not far from the truth. For instance, your fingers and hands will adapt to the mechanics. Your lips will find the perfect spot and your whole body will memorize the position of every sound in its cavities and air ways. This is a wonderful feeling and will not take long, because you are going to love your new instrument.

In order to take good care of it, have a quick read through my article on flute care.

Moreover, it will be so easy to play, now that you made a beginners’ flute sing, you can play on anything. However, the flutes discussed above, offer so much quality, precision and excellence, that you will feel as if they did all the work.

At this point, I have to warn you! When I went through this rite of passage, it was so easy to play the same way with less effort, that I wouldn’t play better immediately. Therefore, don’t fall in the same trap! Explore your new flute and new possibilities and grow with it. What a wonderful thing the life with a flute can be!

Enhance your flute experience with the following suggestions from topflute:

                             on vibrato

                                     get your dynamics straight

                                                                                       become excellent

 

Best wishes,

Janie

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FLUTE MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR

Do you play the flute and practice consistently? You will have learned how to maintain your flute clean and functioning and even have had to do little repairs now and then. Often your teacher does them for you or you go to a shop. But what if you could learn to avoid that? Read on and earn a new skill: Flute Maintenance and Repair.

How to do proper flute maintenance and repair


 

flute maintenance and repair

 

With proper flute maintenance we can avoid frequent repairs in shops or visits to technicians. But if there is a persisting problem and you have considered all the following points, you should go to a professional repair shop.

However, there are many little things you can do to keep your flute functioning and well maintained.

Furthermore, emergency problems might be fixed for a week or two in many of the following ways.

As the most invasive enemy of a functioning flute is not drammatic damage or incidents but moisture, be sure to oil your flute once or twice a year. It depends on the amount of time you spend playing it and also the surrounding environment.

But it also depends on agents in your breath, like bacteria and acids. Make sure you clean your teeth and mouth before playing. Also avoid sugary food even two hours before playing.

 

Do not exaggerate with the oiling of the flute as it might damage the pads and corks.

 

Moisture and Oil


The flute from a technical point of view is seen as a machine which is subject to wearing down from up and down movement and moist environment. Did you ever think of your breath containing sugar,
acids and bacteria? Also, the inside and outside of your hands contain a number of elements that increment the wearing down of your instrument, because they are going to sit on pads and inside the mechanic.

So what can one do to slow this process down? There is an easy method to prolong the life in between revisions of the flute ———–> oiling your flute once or twice a year.

Because moisture and oil do not mix, this protects most of the flute from agents contained in moisture. Yamaha provides a good quality key oil to do just that. I would spend a little on proper flute oil. As an example, the one provided in the Giardinelli Flute Master Care Pack.

It includes a silver cloth, duster brush, cork grease, rod cleaning cloths, key oil and cleaning brush.

 

Giardinelli Flute Master Care Pack


Giardinelli Flute Master Care Pack

Put a small drop of oil on each end of the key, starting from the top and working down to the low part. Run the keys up and down a few times to allow the oil in and start to work. Afterwards, don’t forget to wipe off the excess oil. Do not oil the pads!

Never put a moisture or uncleaned flute in the flute case. Clean it often, gently but thoroughly, also during practice.

For more information on how to oil your flute and not bath it in oil watch the video below:

 

 

Tuning Cork Assembly – Flute Maintenance and Repair


A very delicate part of our flute is inside the head joint: the tuning cork assembly!

It is responsible as the name would suggest for the overall intonation as it regulates the length of the flute. This is why we should pay attention when cleaning the head joint not to push too hard against the resistance it offers, as moving the cork would alter the intonation. It could also result in an annoying loose crown or end plate.

Test: A very easy way of finding out whether it has been moved is by turning around the cleaning rod that was delivered with your flute and sticking it inside with the lower part. Be sure not to scratch the sides of the flute. There is a line on the rod which should result in the middle of the hole in the lip plate.

Often, due to pushing too hard or shrinkage of the cork due to moisture, it is moved further so that the line appearing in the mouth piece is closer to the crown.

Info:The tuning cork consists of that little end plate that you touch inside the head joint with the cleaning rod. Attached to it is the cork with a screw that can be moved by turning around the crown (the visible part on the outside at the top).

 

On taking it all apart, so you can have an idea of the inside, but only for professional technician:

What can we do?

 

Tuning The Head Joint


Now it is time to turn around the crown and screw plate so that we open the flute a little from the top. You will have been told to never touch it as to not alter the intonation. But now is the time to do just that!

Attached to the screw plate you find the tuning cork with the end plate, but they will remain inside of the head joint. Turn the screw to elongate or shorten the way to the screw, so that it gets back into the right position and tighten it. Don’t be afraid to push till the crown clicks and turn the screw just a little to fix it.

Check again with your cleaning rod and if it is still not in the recommended position, do the whole procedure again.

To have a better idea, you can watch the following video.

Just about tightening the crown:

How to identify a flute leak – Flute Maintenance and Repair


If for some reason your flute is not playing at all or just for some notes, you might have a leakage somewhere.

You can identify it by finding out what still works and what doesn’t. If you cannot produce any sound, it is likely to depend upon the trill keys and might just be a spring that became loose. Verify that all springs are in tension and keys that should be closed when not used, are closed. If not, recharge the according spring by putting it back into position.

If just one or two sounds cannot be played, there is a leakage depending on the imperfect closure of one or more keys.

Because, when they are all sealed and the flute is empty (I once left my cleaning rod inside as a student and couldn’t figure out why it wasn’t playing!), sounds will be produced.

There is a nice video on how to identify a leak that I recommend watching if you are a beginnner:

 

 

How to fix a leakage on the flute


 

To fix a leakage effectively we need to understand what actually holds the keys on our flute first:

There are long rods running through key tubes along the whole flute, fixed with posts on both ends. They also run through the keys and keep them from falling off. The posts are fixed to the rods with pivot screws with or without heads.

If a pivot screw has a head with thread in it, then it can be used with an appropriate screw driver to loosen or tighten it. So check for loose ends and tighten them. Do not overdo this, as it is a very delicate balance.

To keep them in position, if they are coming out every second day, my mother and teacher told me to put transparent nail polish, just a drop and fix it to the post this way.

More information and detail in this fantastic video below


However, all the pivot screws are in position and no springs are loose, and there still is a leakage.

 

What can we do next?

Key Position Adjustment Screws


In case of the very common leakage regarding the F sharp key or B flat key, there are four key position adjustment screws that you might need to balance the proper traction between key mechanisms.

The lowest one is the D key and it helps to synchronize the movement with the F sharp key. If you turn it clockwise it will make it close earlier, provided the same pressure. Do not move them too much as little adjustments often do the trick.

The second one from below is the E key which also balances the movement with the F sharp key and will make it tighter (close earlier) when moved clockwise. Furthermore, the same is true with the third key, the F key.

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A different mechanism is used to synchronize the A key with the B flat key.

However, G is played by closing two keys simultaneously, but there are no adjustment screws. This can only be solved by adjusting the pads. I do not recommend that as they are easily damaged and torn.

In my opinion, you shouldn’t over use the adjustment keys as they can also put out of balance and make the problem worse when used too often. This is especially true for the three keys in synchrony with F sharp. They can affect the other keys connected. So be sure to move gently and little and only after having verified exactly what you wish to move and where.

Also, it needs to be stressed that one should use appropriate screw drivers and not scratch the screws. Little adjustments help through a time period that you cannot afford to go to a technician time wise or money wise.

But they do not avoid a need for periodic and professional flute maintenance and repair.
In order to find the exact position of the screws on the keys, please refer to this video

 

Key position adjustment screws are all set the best way possible and still one or more keys are not closing?

 

 

Emergency repair to improve air tightness with seal tape


If for some reason you are in an emergency situation and the leakage can’t be adjusted by the adjustment screws, you can use very cheap seal tape that is used for pipes, to make them airtight. Just be sure to not damage the pads!

Just wrap it around the keys until they fit and seal when pressed. This is the most economical way to repair a flute in an emergency at home. But be sure to make your way to a technician as soon as you can.

This video explains how to repair your flute for air tightness in an emergency situation:

 

 

Professional Flute Maintenance and Repair


What is an overhaul?


The whole flute is dissembled completely, with the use of heat, spring hooks, screw drivers and special tools for french holes. Then technicians take down pins and rods to clean thoroughly. Then  chemical baths follow to deeply clean and remove all dirt.

Afterwards, the flute parts are air dried and checked for damages. Some parts might need extra baths to become completely smooth again.

Then the flute is reassembled and the keys are in perfect balance.

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Most professional flutists have their very own wish on how strong the resistance of the mechanic is best for them. I love it when it reacts very softly even with a small amount of pressure applied. But that type of mechanic is prone to loosen quickly and thus I need more balancing sessions than those who prefer more resistant keys (loaded with more tension towards opening).

Furthermore, the trained technician makes sure that all pads are sealed perfectly. This involves constant testing and readjusting. When the technician is happy with the result, he/she waits for the client to come back and test the flute. There could still be readjusting and balancing be needed. The client is free to ask for it until he/she feels satisfied with the result.
More on professional flute overhaul in the following video:

Flute Maintenance and Repair: How much does flute repair cost?


The cost can be anywhere between just balancing of the keys for far less than 100 dollars. If you add multiple chemical baths, repair of gold or silver parts of the flute and re padding of the whole flute with expensive professional pads, this might come to around a 1500 dollars or even more.

I myself have paid between 20 and 400 Euros in Italy. But I have not done the bathing yet in Italy and in Germany some years ago it was close to 800.

For actual prices in a very professional center, consider the the Flute Center of New York and

have a quick read here!

Consider also shipment and travel. Depending on your flute (beginner, intermediate or professional) you will seek the adequate repair studio. This is why maintenance and little self adjustments can save you a lot of money.

Look for professional screw drivers that with some attention (to not scratch the flute) you can also use as spring hooks. Choose flute key oil and clean the flute every chance you get!

Avoid eating sugary meals or snacks just before playing and if you absolutely have to, be sure to clean your teeth and mouth and wait as long as possible.

Provide yourself with the minimum maintenance and repair kid and use it so that your flute wears down much slower and needs less professional repair.

I hope this article was helpful and if you have any further questions post them in the comment section.

 

I would be more than happy to help you out!

 

Jana

 

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TREVOR WYE PRACTICE BOOK

If there is any author and flutist, who has accompanied my growth flute wise speaking, and is still with me in the professional flutist world, it is Trevor Wye. Over and over I get back to the Trevor Wye practice book, from the beginning for my students, to the daily practice for pros.

Trevor Wye Practice Books for beginners and pros


PRO: They help prepare auditions and competitions as they also cover nerve control and relaxation.

BEGINNER: If you are just starting out this article will help you as well, Trevor Wye practice books cover all stages of a flutist’s life.

PICCOLO: It also helps the aspiring to professional piccolo player put in the right steps.

But more on piccolo playing in my article dedicated to it which you can find by clicking here.

 

Why go with Trevor Wye?


Trevor Wye has an easy and friendly way of explaining technical difficulties.

Like no other he is able to cut them down to little digestible bits and pieces.

While you are having fun, you learn. Not just with any melodies.

Right from the start we are introduced to important repertoire and can accompany our studies with listening to the expert orchestras or musicians playing them.

As a result, this is very motivating and inspiring.

 

Trevor Wye Practice BookHis exercises are mostly from the great flute teachers like Moyse, Gaubert and Taffanel, Reichert, Boehm…

But they are broken down to tiny pieces, so that you do not need to be an expert flutist to improve your technical skills and sound quality right from the start.

It is so much appreciated by my students, that as they grow and learn they will come across the original studies and they are already acquainted and not worried.

 

However, if you still need to choose your first flute,

this article might help you out —————> Find the perfect flute for you.

 

Trevor Wye Practice Book for beginners Vol. 1 and 2


Those two volumes start from scratch. You need not know reading music. It explains everything by starting to play right away. As a result you will apprehend note by note, rhythmic values, fingering. Meanwhile, and very quickly you will be able to play Duets with your teacher or other students, which is a lot of fun. Likewise, you will learn about articulation using famous melodies and engaging little exercises.

Trevor Wye divides his pages in Duets or Solo music pieces with the exercises needed to prepare them at best. Introduction to tonalities, step by step. Never overwhelming and in a good mixture of technical exercises and beautiful melodies, you start playing the flute before you know it!

Beginners Flute Practice Book Vol. 1

In the first volume you will be introduced to the first four sharp alterations and four flats and the corresponding minor and major scales.

Exercises are no longer than 8 bars, so nothing to be scared of!

You will learn about dynamics from piano to forte and use them playfully.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Introduction to posture, embouchure and sound production
  • Fingering and music reading
  • First Major and minor scales (four flats, four sharps)
  • Low to middle register, the G’ ‘ in the second octave being the highest
  • Introduction to sound quality exercises (mini Moyse course)
  • Introduction to phrasing and articulation (staccato and legato)
  • Values from a whole to eighths notes
  • Duets with teacher and other pupils
  • 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 2/2
  • Flute history glimpses
  • Traditional melodies from all over the world, lullabies, dances, Christmas Carols, national anthems, round canons

 

Beginners Flute Practice Book Vol. 2

In the second volume starts with enharmonic alterations, telling you the alternative (enharmonic) names of the same notes you already know. This introduces you to a chromatic scale conception. It means that you put together all the notes you know in a row, with a distance of a semitone between them. For example, if you have a piano it would be playing all the keys in a row, including the black ones in between the white ones.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Chromatic scales first and second octave including F’ ‘ (second octave)
  • Alterations up to 6 sharps
  • Fingering and sound production up to C’ ‘ ‘ ‘ (highest C on the flute)
  • 6/8, 9/8, 12/8
  • Note value of 1/16
  • Duets with teacher and other students
  • Fun melodies and rhythms like Milonga
  • Important repertoire composers like Schumann, Beethoven, Bach, Vivaldi, Quantz

 

For both volumes together there is a piano accompaniment book as well.

 

This makes it so much more fun to play together. You will be surrounded and sustained by piano chords and melodies. They also make the little pieces suitable for a small concert! Hope your teacher or friends play the piano. The most fun thing I see with my students is when they play together and I accompany them with the piano. Be sure to try it out!

 

 

 

Trevor Wye Daily Practice Books Volumes 1-6


These precious practice books accompany a flutist for a lifetime. They are not to be followed through chronologically, but offer a wide range of exercises and tips tackling the most prominent problems of flute playing. They give valuable advice on how to practice them and is divided into practical parts.

This way whenever you face a problem, you can find the exact solution.

This flute practice dictionary and guide book collection should be on every flutist’s shelf.

Trevor Wye – Practice Book for the Flute: Books 1-6

Omnibus CD Edition. Composed by Trevor Wye. Music Sales America. Instruction. Softcover with CD. Composed 2015. 240 pages. Novello & Co Ltd. #NOV164967. Published by Novello & Co Ltd. (HL.14050049).

Trevor Wye - Practice Book for the Flute: Books 1-6

I would definitely advise you to get the 6 books all together as it is a huge saving.

But let us look at them one by one.

 

1. Sound quality

Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute



Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute

This practice book is divided into different chapters, according to what you wish to achieve.

Starting with over all sound quality exercises for all three octaves, it addresses the most problematic notes singularly (like E’ ‘ ‘and F sharp’ ‘ ‘). Subsequently, it discusses timbre, color, breathing, flexibility and intonation very profoundly and gives a lot of examples.

 

2. Technique


Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute: Book 2: Book 2 – Technique

Using Gaubert and Taffanel Scales this practice book tackles all technical issues and proposes regular training for optimal progression.

Many Exercises are accompanied by problem explanations and how to overcome them. It is about scales and forces you to address the most difficult parts over and over again.

Moreover, it also offers ways to relax afterwards and make the most of the exercises. Technical problems like thrills all over three octaves are addressed as well.

Arpeggios, sequences and difficult jumps will lead you to the most complicated parts in examples from orchestral excerpts. (e.g. Shostakovitch and R. Strauss)

 

3. Articulation


Practice Book 3 for the Flute: Articulation

You will learn about legato, phrasing, single, double and triple staccato.

As you go along, famous orchestral excerpts are presented to you.

This way you study for real life!

In fact, it also contains a chapter about keeping your nerves from sabotaging your performance.

 

 

 

4. Intonation and Vibrato


Practice Book For The Flute Book 4 Intonation And Vibrato

One of the most effective study books of them all is the one about intonation and vibrato.

Those two are the first things we notice in a flutist and should be tackled right from the start. Even for professionals this book has interesting advice on famous orchestral literature, where it is most important to control and adjust those two aspects.

(e.g. Bolero, Scheherazade….)

 

 

5. Breathing and expressive scales


Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute: Book 5 – Breathing & Scales

A special about breathing and musical phrasing. It is so important to play aligned with your natural and trained breathing.

It adds expression and helps to convey interpretation.

Using it properly will get your audience addicted to those musical magical moments.

But it is no magic, it is breathing technique used on scales and arpeggios with expression. This book also addresses improvising and playing by heart.

 

 

 

6. For advanced flutists


Trevor Wye Practice Book for the Flute: Book 6 – Advanced Practice

Dedicated to Geoffrey Gilbert, an English flutist influenced by French colorful and flexible style. It is like a review of what you have achieved on the flute and how to take it to the next level.

It tackles every aspect and common questions like warming up, playing piano and pianissimo, alternative fingering and the fourth octave.

A wonderful guide to high level awareness in flute playing.

 

If you get one, you will want them all, so why not save a lot of money with the omnibus edition you can find clicking on the image below!

 

Trevor Wye – Practice Book for the Flute – Omnibus Edition Books 1-6

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How to use Trevor Wye Practice Book


In addition to the practice books, still different editors offer a guidebook on how to use them. I can only strongly advise to try it out, as it closes the gab from advanced student to professionalism.

Therefore, it can help in the most frequent situations for an expert flutist, like auditions, competitions, concerts and as a teacher.

It focuses more on how to actually practice, as the exercises are in the other books.

A very useful guide to effective studying and making the most of it.

With this guide you can create your very own practice routine, remaining flexible and open.

As a result, you will be able to adjust your practice strategy according to different situations in your flute life.

Proper Flute Playing (Practice Books for the Flute)

 

Furthermore, the posture and gesture check-up is also very helpful. Verifying your attitude to the flute will maximize your efforts. It addresses all important aspects of a professional flutist and will round up your practice library!

In addition to that and to complete your flutist existence, try out the Piccolo as well. There are some interesting insights in this guide book and more about piccolo flutes and practice on our website if you go to piccolo practice specials.

 

———————> Piccolo reviews and books

Trevor Wye’s Practice books


In conclusion, Trevor Wye Practice Books are a must have on the shelf of every flutist, regardless of the level of playing. It is very beneficial to tackle single situations and technical challenges singularly and without stress.

Learning how to play the flute on an advanced level is no black whole.

 

Trevor Wye Practice BookTrevor Wye’s practice books cover all aspects and just having them in your library can help you feel less overwhelmed and calmer.

You can do it! You can learn anything.

Train your ear and have fun, relax and enjoy!

 

To make most of your flute practice and deeply understand your air stream, also read my article on

how to put your awareness where it is most helpful.

The flute is one of the most wonderful and rewarding musical instruments that exist,

Yours sincerely,

 

Topflute

 

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PICCOLO FLUTE REVIEWS – PICCOLOS FOR STARTERS

So you have decided to give the little flute brother a go and even enhance your future flute career by knowing your way around the piccolo as well. This is awesome and in addition will help you also with your flute playing! But where to start? You need some Piccolo Flute Reviews and get to know about Piccolos For Starters.

 

Piccolos For Starters


If you are just starting out with playing the piccolo but know how to play the flute, you have come to the perfect place.

The Piccolo embouchure is smaller and reacts much faster to any change in air stream than the flute. You will learn about your air flow as you have instant feedback. If the air is not coming out at the right speed, pressure or angle, no sound will be created.

Every intention, dynamical or directional will have to be very conscious and well-accompanied. That is why studying the piccolo is an asset to your flutist’s skills as well.

It is also much easier to disturb ” the peace” of a musical performance with a piccolo than a flute.

So if you are not very sure about what you are doing, you will feel embarrassed. No easy way to say it.

But this difficulty actually hides high potential to making the step to a higher level in you musicianship.

Check out our piccolo practice specials and feel free to ask any question in the comment section below!

Learn how to play the little flute

Piccolo practice tips

Tuning a piccolo for orchestral practice

 

Piccolo Flute Reviews – 3 Piccolos for Beginners


But what you are really interested in is which piccolo flute to start with. Before we do that we need to clarify some of the terms that describe the properties of a piccolo.

A traditional headjoint requires a very flexible embouchure. But there are ways to assist you. Especially the new reform headjoint with the wave cut. It helps center the tone, because it makes it very hard to blow your airstream anywhere else. I love the freedom of a traditional headjoint though.

Most piccolos are of conical shape and made from Grenadilla wood. Do not purchase the metal ones, not even metal head joints, unless you will play outside in marching bands.

This glossary is very helpful in understanding the specifics of most flutes and piccolos.

————> Glossary

So here are my reviews of the most advisable Piccolos For Starters, but on the professional side.

We advvise strongly to go with the first option!

By clicking on the image you will be linked to the best selling option.

 

1) Yamaha YPC-62 Professional Piccolo with Standard Headjoint

 

 

  • best intonation
  • rich tone and harmonics
  • easy to center airstream even on non wave headjoints
  • conical shape
  • grenadille wood
  • silverplated keys
  • Split E Mechanism

 

2) Pearl PFP-165E Series Piccolo with Grenadilla Headjoint

 

  • reliable sound production
  • Synthetic Pads
  • Grenadilla High Wave Head joint, and Grenaditte Body
  • Pointed cup arms
  • Split E Mechanism
  • Includes Case and padded case cover

 

3) Gemeinhardt 4P Composite Piccolo

Gemeinhardt Model 4W Piccolo Regular 190839020611

  • Silver-plated keys 
  • Grenadilla wood head and body
  • Beryllium copper springs

Of the above options only the second one is not completely made of Grenadille Wood. In fact, it is a composite of Grenadille head joint and Grenaditte body.

Those are the piccolos we advice to buy on the way to professionalism. Especially Yamaha. Further steps would be Burkhart, Keefe etc, but those are only of value when you go very serious on the little flute!

You can win any competition with Yamaha or Pearl.

The best piccolo practice book on your way to professionalism is by Trevor Wye and deals with orchestral excerpts right away.

 

Practice Book for the Piccolo

 

But you cannot start or become anyone on the piccolo without the following method!

This method by my teacher, the solo piccoloist of the Maggio Fiorentino in Florence, includes every possible hack to master all the tecnical challenges a piccolo flute could possible make you address.

 

 

 

By Nicola Mazzanti – The Mazzanti Method, Daily Exercises for Piccolo

How to choose a Piccolo?


If you have never played the flute you should choose a wave head joint and a Yamaha Piccolo as they are very stable in intonation.

But if you come from the flute and have a very flexible embouchure, great difference in dynamics and differentiation in phrasing you should go with the traditional embouchure. Your lips will be able to control a wider range of timbre possibilities.

You should opt for this solution:

Yamaha YPC-62 Professional Piccolo With Standard Headjoint

It is more difficult in the beginning but pays off in the end.

 

Is learning to play the Piccolo hard?


Learning to play the piccolo is not hard if you are willing to put in the work. It is very satisfying even as it gives an instant feedback on how your air stream and support are doing. You might want to have a look at professional ear plugs though if you are going to study consistently.

————————————————–> Professional ear plugs

I advise you strongly to equip yourself with!

You might also want to invest into a tuner and a metronome that work best with piccolos and flutes in general:

—————————————————-> flute tuner

 

—————————————————-> metronomes

 

Playing the piccolo is a lot of fun.

Especially with the right guidance.

If my three articles

Learn how to play the little flute

Piccolo practice tips

Tuning a piccolo for orchestral practice

do not suffice there is this wonderful practice book Trevor Wye has published.

Practice Book for the Piccolo

He is a well-known flutist and flute teacher and has published nearly every practice book used today in the flute world. This practice book is for flutists wishing to extend their expertise to piccolo playing.

It teaches you with orchestral excerpts, so very close to the actual world where you would need to use this instrument and also very interesting and practical.

Check it out, it is not the first time I have been asked to prepare an excerpt for an audition based on this textbook (last time for principal piccolo in Gran Canaria).

Use it to have a more fun practice in between concerts and auditions as well!

 

 

Piccolo Flutes are very affordable


It goes without saying that a piccolo flute of a professional level is much more affordable than a professional flute. My flute for playing in a symphony orchestra is a 10 K Powell, which I love for its harmonics that mix well with Italian/French Clarinets and the Oboe. Also, because the 1st flute plays a 24 K Brennan.

When I perform as a soloist with the orchestra I use the all silver Powell flute I inherited from my mother. It has a Brennan head joint and thinner b foot. No one in my family remembers why. It has a brilliant sound but needs a lot of intonation adjustment.

In chamber music I usually use the Gold Powell flute, it is less dominant and linking much better to other timbres.

With the piccolo it is a little different.

The flute I inherited from my mother is an old Philipp Hammig, from Eastern Germany, when the wall was still up. It has a beautiful sound and is very difficult to tune in itself but once you understand it, it is the perfect chamber music sound. And also if you are a soloist for a few seconds in a symphony orchestra and every one else is quiet.

But if you need to be heard over the full rage of all orchestral registers you need a different kind of piccolo.

In the orchestra I have always used my Hammig, even though conductors have often asked me to play louder (like Beethoven 5th in the last movement or in the Verdi Requiem), but in Tchaikovsky or Shostakovich the volume and sound projection was perfect.

As well in “Elisir d’Amore” by Donizetti or “Traviata” by Verdi. It mixed well with the first flute using a Brennan Piccolo. The audience’s comment was “you played like one” after the famous “balletto”.

They told us, that we sounded like one!!

Which is a compliment for two piccolos at unisono …..

Le Zingarelle

Posted by Orchestra Sinfonica Città di Grosseto on Monday, July 29, 2019

This is a live from a performance in Summer 2019 with the Orchestra Città di Grosseto, Tuscany in Grosseto.

For more present and brilliant piccolo sound I was advised to book a Braun piccolo.

But they only come made for you and you cannot try them out first. I haven’t done that yet, but I would love to. I am also looking into Burkhart piccolos.

 

Piccolo Flutes add value to you being a flutist


When I studied the piccolo, I was told by many of my so called friends and colleagues “you are doing well, because you will never be a 1st flute, so it is much better you prepare for 2nd and piccolo”.

I was mad at them. But they might have had a point. I got my job because I also did a one-year Master of II Level Degree of Piccolo Playing at the Conservatory of Milan. This prepared me for playing the piccolo in a symphony orchestra.

Much of the advice I give here and that I have given in former articles actually comes from this very intensive year I spent in Milan, studying with one of Italy’s most famous piccoloist, solo piccolo from the Maggio Fiorentino, Orchestra of Florence. We also had a stage there, which was awesome. I was able to play “Tosca” by Puccini and learn so much.

Such a wonderful teacher and valuable method!

Click on the image for more information.

 

By Nicola Mazzanti – The Mazzanti Method, Daily Exercises for Piccolo (2014-06-30)

 

I will never forget those years. Especially as I heard my professor play the flute in a chamber music concert in Tuscany.

It instantly became clear to me, how all his teachings made him the wonderful and superior flutist he is.

But now I need a coffee, folks. Want to join me?

If you are interested in drinking the right coffee the Italian way, go Illy and create little Italy at home!

Also, please let me know in the comment section below. I will be more than happy to help you out further and in much more detail,

Janie

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Orchestral Excerpts For Piccolo

Orchestral Excerpts For Piccolo

CURVED HEADS – LEARN HOW TO PLAY THE FLUTE – MAINTENANCE OF THE FLUTE

 

A short excursion on curved heads

 

There are different opinions on curved heads – I have changed mine lately


My opinion was that you should wait until you reach the straight head joint and only then start to play the flute. This would assure that you start with the right angles of your arms right away. With a curved head joint you learn to put your arms forward and lower than is needed for the straight flute. And I thought that it was also better to wait until you were able to provide the needed air support, also depending on your body and its strength.

Recently though I have seen a lot of students coming to me, who had started early on with a curved head.

They did have to change their posture a little and in the beginning it was weird for them, but actually not too hard. They all made it and profited from having started early on with diaphragmatic breathing and moving fingers they couldn’t see.

Yes! That is the most difficult thing related to fingering in the beginning, moving them without having visual feedback! It wasn’t the posture or embouchure (the way you blow insight the flute), it was actually moving your fingers and not seeing them.

So in conclusion I recommend starting to play the flute whenever you feel like it and chose the curved head joint if your arms are not long enough to cover the distance comfortably.

comfortable posture of a flutist with curved head joint

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

flute that also matches the most important points to look for in a beginner’s flute

And in addition offers a curved head is the following

 


Gemeinhardt StudentFlute with Curved & Straight Head Joints


The Gemeinhardt 2SPCH Student Flute is a perfect choice for beginners of all ages  with a warm, rich tone quality. It is very reliable and affordable. Furthermore, it features a silver-plated body & mechanism with closed holes and includes curved & straight head joints for more longevity.

You can start with the curved J1 head joint and continue to play even when you outgrow it, just using the straight head joint. Offset G is also a very helpful feature for beginners and generally smaller hands. I have kept it that way until now, it offers great comfort!

 

Gemeinhardt 2SPCH Student Flute Offset G C-Foot

 

I eventually changed into an intermediate and then professional flute with both B footjoints, but my beginner flute had a C foot. However, they all do! No beginner is asked to play the low B. Moreover, a longer foot joint makes the flute longer and heavier. So in the beginning, you go perfectly well with the C foot.

The flute comes complete with hard shell case, and cleaning rod. The only thing you need to add is a cotton cleaning tissue. If you need assistance with that, please ask me in the comment section and I will be more than happy to help you out!

You can check for the best price by clicking on this link


Gemeinhardt 2SPCH Student Flute Offset G C-Foot

 

If you are interested in a little excursion on “flute language” to better understand what I am talking about int the description of the flute,  you can read my article on how to choose your first flute here.

Can I learn to play the flute by myself – curved head or straight head joint


Yes you can!

There are plenty of videos on YouTube and you can start all by yourself. If you look for feedback you should ask a flute player to have a look sometimes. You can also look for methods and books to buy and follow online. It is not hard to play the to flute by yourself.

Especially in the beginning you can try on your own and follow some online advice. It should feel comfortable and your ear is your judge. If you are interested you can ask questions in the comment section below! I will be more than happy to help you out.

flute fingers

How long does it take to learn the flute?


Any flutist will tell you, a lifetime!

Because we always try to become better and there are so many wonderful melodies out there to learn how to play. There is no point at which one says, now I know it all.

Especially since there is so much music being composed right now for the flute and new contemporary techniques are invented every day.

That being said, actually it does not take long.

Of course, it depends on the time you are willing to invest. Naturally it also depends on how fast you pick it up and your body memorizes it. But to answer your question the best I can: To play a simple melody in two octaves with max two alterations and enjoy it, that would take anything between a month and a year.

love for the flute also with curved head joint

 

Maintenance of your new flute – 5 important tips for a long flute life


So now you have chosen your new flute and will wish to stick with it for the better or worse till death do you part… with or without a curved head joint!

On the marriage to my flute Paul D’Or please read my article ———> here.

As in any important relationship you should show some care! So put in some effort for maintenance of your new flute!

  1. Every time you play, dry it afterwards and never put it in the case when it’s still humid.
  2. Pay attention to not hold it with the key opening versus the palm of your hand. You might loosen the mechanism. Try to hold it with the key opening away from your body. If you have to apply pressure (especially taking the pieces apart) do not put any pressure on the keys. Hold the flute in places without keys.
  3. When cleaning the head joint with a rod do not apply pressure to the closed part of the flute. It contains a cork that is important for the overall intonation of your flute. As soon as you arrive at it with the top of your rod, just gently turn the rod and cloth around a few times.
  4. Whenever putting your flute down, do not let it lie on the keys. There is a special little stand beneath where you put your left thumb to let the flute rest safely on a table.
  5. When you put your flute back in the case, be sure to put the opening of the keys versus the inside of the case. They will be better protected.

For more detailed information on maintaining and repairing your flute,

please read this article.

 

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2 Fun Facts for beginner flutists


How many notes are there on a flute?

This is a funny question that I’m asked quite often! With our flute
with a B foot and some extra fingerings for the upper spectrum we can
produce 38 and more different notes (semi-tones)!

There are 4 keys that open a whole instead of closing it, can you find them?

If you do, please let me know in the comment section.

 

Happy flute life,

Janie

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maintainance of the flute

 

3 BEST FLUTES FOR BEGINNERS

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 meJust 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.

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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.

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 an interesting read through my recent article.

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!)

To learn about good practice books have a look at the following article     ————->HERE.

 

My top 3 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 three top recommendations from the best flutes for beginners are

By clicking on the images or names under them you will be sent to the best selling option.

1. Yamaha YFL-222 Intermediate Flute

Yamaha YFL-222 Standard Flute Offset G C-Foot



Yamaha YFL-222 Standard Flute Offset G C-Foot

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.

The embouchure hole undercut design gives excellent response and a warm rich tone. The CY headjoint helps beginners quickly learn to produce a beautiful sound.

Keys and shapes have been ergonomically designed for a comfortable, natural-feeling performance. Moreover, the manufacturing process of Yamaha minimizes the need for readjustment over time. However, Yamaha’s unique  adjustment screws  allow smooth adjustments while preventing gradual loosing of the screws. For easier access, the screw positioning has been changed. Should you ever need to use them you can have a look at my article.

 

  •  drawn and curled tone holes
  • covered keys
  • offset G
  • nickel silver headjoint, body and footjoint
  • silver-plated finish
  • C-footjoint
  • pointed key arms
  • Yamaha standard plastic flute case
  • polishing cloth, polishing gauze, cleaning rod and Flute Owners Manual

2. Pearl Flutes 525 Series Intermediate Flute

Pearl Flutes 525 Series Intermediate Flute Model 525RBE1RB - B Foot, Offset G wi

Pearl Flutes 525 Series Intermediate Flute

The Pearl PF525 is one of the best options available for a student seeking a quality flute. The challenge of finding an instrument that is affordable yet provides sound, playability and reliability within a price range a novice or the hopeful parent of a novice is willing to pay is one that has vexed students and the family members who love them since budget instruments have been made.

Flute teachers want a quality flute that is affordable for students. It needs to be reliable and offer great performance so that every new flute student can develop a great sound and excellent technique. Pearl has introduced the new PF500 series to meet this need.The Pearl 525RB student flute takes the novice flutist a step beyond the entry-level instruments by incorporating a

  • sterling silver lip plate and riser
  • open hole keys
  • French pointed arms
  • silver clad head, body and B foot
  • silver-plated, open-hole keys
  • offset or inline G
  • flute case
  • cleaning rod

The features of the Pearl 525 flutes add another dimension to the young players ability to project and create a beautiful sound.

3. Gemeinhardt Model 3

Gemeinhardt Model 3 Flute Offset G, C-Foot


Gemeinhardt Model 3 Flute Offset G, C-Foot

  • exclusive four-post foot joint construction for especially strong flutes
  • unique embouchure hole design
  • proportioned tone holes
  • pad cups to ensure even response
  • extraordinary tone throughout all registers
  • includes a case and cleaning rod
  • integrally drawn and rolled tone holes
  • power-coined keys

Where tradition meets technology: fourth generation flutemaker, Kurt Gemeinhardt dedicated himself to creating responsive instruments with a beautiful tone which would distinguish them from all others. In addition, superior key mechanisms achieve fast action and outstanding playability.

Today Gemeinhardt continues his legacy by crafting flutes that achieve a delicate balance between superb artistry and sophisticated technology for flutists of all talents and abilities.

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! The best practice books are the ones I discuss in my article here.

To know what to do with it in the first moments, you can follow my free series of 14 days lessons for free.

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 on that topic here.

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

Don’t be afraid to ask us any question you might have down in the comment section!

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

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topflute on how to chose from the best flutes for beginners       

 

Me and the Art of Flute Playing

Hi there and welcome

to Me and the ART OF FLUTE PLAYING!

My name is Jana and I’m a professional flutist, performer and teacher.

Whether you are here because you are a beginner flutist, in search for flute tuition, to learn play flute, to be updated on flute playing now or you are a flutist wishing to level up your game or even make it a profession, this is the place to be!

 

My Story

Me and the ART OF FLUTE PLAYING


Born as the first daughter of flutists parents, it is not surprising that I see the sound of the flute as my first language.

topflute
Speaking through the flute! That’s music.

 

Just as you do not usually value your mother language that highly you go out to conquer the world and get to know the rest of it. Very soon I discovered that not everyone was playing the flute, because my parents played in the orchestra. So I thought that there were a lot of different accents of the same language. But never would I have guessed that some people just don’t speak “music”.

Still, I did just have fun whenever I met other people of the same language or different accents and studied art history and biotechnology. Interested in everything that was life or made life beautiful.

Unfortunately my mother had an accident with me just 20 years old and never recovered from it.

I missed the sound of her voice, her flute playing and decided to fill the gap!

I had to play more.

But I lived in Italy at the time and, believe it or not, Italian’s don’t just play music for fun. You won’t find them, classical musicians, just playing to play. They said, that if I wanted to play the flute I had to go to the conservatory. So I did.

But shockingly, so many lessons there were not about music, then those which should have been, were about technical stuff. I lost my mother a second time. At least, that’s what I felt.

So I just started to play again the way I had always played and the crowd divided. Fiercely adoring my way or telling me I sounded too personal. Can you believe it? Too personal…

Anyway, my way of thinking and playing appeared to be too free for the academic world. But luckily still winning prices and competitions. They made me develop my own method, in part derived from my parents, another very small part from academical teachings, but mostly completely mine.

There was not much time to practice, I had to pay for a living, so I developed a perfect personal way pof time and energy efficient practice which I can help anybody develop for themselves.

I was awarded a permanent teaching position in an Italian teaching competition and actually teach flute at a music college in Tuscany.

Luckily I was also appointed a position to perform with the orchestra of the same city. So this is my current life. Performing and teaching,  dolce vita in Tuscany, not bad!

But what can I do for you? Find out below:

 


So what could I help you with?

That is what I want you to achieve:

 

Deeply understand what playing the flute means to you. Why do you wish to learn the art of flute playing? What it is you aim to achieve by putting energy and time into studying the flute. Which repertoire would you like to specialize in? Is it chamber music? Is it a soloist carrier? A professional orchestral flute player? A teacher? Or a bit of everything? Even Jazz?

Just to have peace in your life and giving the flute a place in the way of achieving it? I can help you with any of those options, because I have been through all of that. I know how it feels at every point of the way and sympathize with the spiritual but also with the successful flutist.

This is why I want you to achieve the best you can and maximize the results of the time, effort, energy, money and resources you put into your flute journey.

You can have a taste of that by going through my first

                                                 flute practice special 

                                                 piccolo practice special

 

By communicating your thoughts and needs in the comment section I will customize further specials on flute practice.

 

What can you expect from following me and the art of flute playing?


 

Have you ever wished for a study buddy, or someone that holds you accountable for what you have decided to do? I will be that somebody. But not only the strict one.

Probably you already have that little voice in your head!

I will be the inspiration that provides you with new motivation, change, improvement and new input. I will show you the 1001 streets to successful practice and effective flute training. There is so much more than scales and arpeggios.

Yes, there is so much more exciting use of the flute that will enrich you and you will choose of every thing I tell you, which part to include in your daily practice.

It will maximize the result and minimize the effort. You will have more fun and have to spend less time locked away from the rest of the world, practicing.

For instance, did you know, that just thinking about a sound now and then and connecting it to a feeling will get you so much closer to your ideal flute playing? You need the basic skills to translate your ideas into sound but the rest is made of life and living. Of linking a sound quality to a place in your home, to a body part, to a moment in your life, to a color, to a person.

Who are the musicians that actually communicate something? Those who link their music to their life. Those who, other than being the perfect interpreters speak to you about themselves. Playing the flute and touching a soul, even an imagined one, like the composer’s, but not getting stuck with the rules and those you try to copy.

Building your own musical statement in the range of perfect classical music, is not only possible, it is what makes it worth playing the flute. Let the music speak!

 

What do I expect from you?


 

Be honest with yourself. Why is it that you play the flute. What does this instrument mean to you. What do you want to tell the world. Do you like the life you have? How do you see yourself in a year from now?

Where will you be and what will you be doing? What will be the sound of your flute and what will be the sound of your flute in 10 years from now?

What does the flute expect you to do for the art of flute playing?


 

There is silence and then there is music. How do we connect the two situations?

How does the sound start, develop and finish? Does it ever really finish?

The flute is actually a new body part of yours. But it is always yourself, your air, your pressure, continuous or discontinuous airflow, speed, angle and guidance of the airflow.

Your tongue and fingers imprinting information, playing games and becoming serious, marching, crying, screaming or seducing and singing. It is your voice. It is you.

 

Are you just getting started? Need help with deciding on a beginner’s flute?

Look up my advice and decide today! —–> let’s get started with that flute life!

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All the best on the journey to flute happiness,

Jana Theresa Hildebrandt,

flutist by birth, nature and education

founder of

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