Whether you pick the flute as your instrument of choice because it produces your favorite sound, looks easier to transport than a tuba, or simply because it’s shiny, you will have to decide how to buy. There are a variety of reputable brands to choose from, but not all make durable, high-quality flutes. It will be tempting to go for a cheaper model, but in many cases, you will be sacrificing quality. There is a surprising amount of engineering that goes into the making of one instrument. Each hole must be placed precisely, otherwise the tone is distorted. Often, cheaper flutes skip steps in engineering, or are made with shoddy materials that either bend or break too easily (Duncan). While you should not compromise a good brand name for cost, beginning flutists can get away with buying a student flute. Student flutes differ from professional flutes in that professional flutes are open-holed. Rather than having so...
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... pitch, and embouchure. It’s merely the mastery of these three principles that requires practice and patience. The reward is understanding how to play what is, in my opinion, the most beautiful of band instruments. The enemy is discouragement. Yet as Amy Duncan, my unintentionally-inspirational band teacher director, would say, “Every wrong note you play is behind you. Music is in time, and time never stops. It always moves forward.”
Duncan, Amy. Personal interview. 15 Sept. 2011.
Estrella, Espie. “Parts of the Flute.” About.com. About.com, 2011. Web. 8 Sep. 2011.
Fingering and Acoustic Schematic. n.d. Diagram. University of New South Wales, Faculty of Science. Academic Press, 2001. Web. 13 Sept. 2011.
Garner, Bradley. “The Flute Embouchure.” Texas Bandmasters Association. Texas Bandmasters Association, 2007. Web. 8 Sep. 2011.
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