The FLUTE page
The flute is the smallest of all band instruments offered for 6th grade band. It is easy to carry around, hold and setup. Flute does however, require a tremendous amount of air and a significant amount of finger dexterity (ability to move your fingers) to play. The flute is one of the most difficult instruments to start on however it gets much easier once you have mastered the basics. Consider how well you are at memorizing fingering and how well you are able to control your fingers if you choose to play this instrument.
All about the Flute
How to put the Flute together
Clean and Care your Flute
How hold the Flute
How to make a sound.
Placing Fingers on the instrument and keys.
With the Flute mouthpiece pointing to the ceiling and the tone hole pointed away from you, gently grab the top part of the flute (near the keys) with your left hand. Your left thumb should be closest to you.
With your right hand, gently grab the bottom portion of the flute so that your thumb is also closest to you and in the space on the flute that has no keys.
Now with your left hand fingers, start with the very top key and place your fingers on the keys using this pattern. Skip the first key, then push, skip, push, push. Do NOT use your pinky yet.
Now with the right hand fingers, start at the buttom, but with the very first key of the boot (foot joint). Place your pinky on that key, then place your fingers in order going up the keys; ring finger, then middle, then index. Your right thumb should be place on the underside of the flute usually between your index and middle fingers, but where is most comfortable for you.
Once fingers are in place then swing the instrument and arms to your right so that the instrument becomes paralell to the floor and the mouthpiece (tone hole) come adjacent to your mouth.