The transverse flute is the wind instrument par excellence. It is part of the family of woods and if you want to learn how to play it you must, first of all, be able to read the music from the stave in key of G or violin, that is the specific key for the recorder. But remember, to learn to play any musical instrument, you need a lot of patience and exercise. If you want to try to approach this instrument but do not know where to start, we will give you some advice. Follow this guide and you’ll find out how to learn how to play the flute crosswise.
Get to know the staff better
First of all, make sure you can read the staff fluently. It would also be the best thing to follow solfege lessons. Practice trying to pronounce the notes, reading them, following the representations on the staff. To cultivate or give birth to your talent, and take care of the technical part, you will certainly need specialized texts. On the Internet you can easily find scales and finger exercises, as well as breathing tips and exercises.
Buy a specific music book
Since you don’t have to pay for a teacher, make a small investment: go to the bookstore and buy at least one book for beginners. The choice of the textbook to use is very important. It is necessary to take into account the fact that each manual, but especially each author, proposes a different method of learning, so to speak, personal. Really good quality is the collection of the musician Trevor Wye, which consists of six books, or rather Practice Book, of about 50 pages each.
Making the right sound
Let’s start to know some technical notions. First of all you will have to learn how to make the right sound, but without thinking about reproducing the notes in a perfect way. Knowing how to use your breath in the best way is very important, especially, in this way, you will achieve a good performance of the melody. So take the head of your flute sideways, plug one end and start blowing into it. This way you will be able to adjust and take even more of your instrument.
Positioning the lips correctly
After your breath, you move on to the mouthpiece, i.e. how to position your lips on the transverse flute. The lips must be relaxed, so that you can change their position more easily. We can tell you that the more ajar the lips are, the more acute the sound will become. To learn the best positions we recommend, the first few times, to play in front of a mirror.
Position your fingers correctly
As for the position of the fingers on the keys (or rather on the “keys”), know that it is very similar to that of the recorder that is usually played during music lessons in middle school. So fingers of the right hand in the part of the flute that is at the opposite end of the head, while the fingers of the left hand in the half closest to the head.
Knowing the right posture for good breathing
When playing a piece of music, you must take the so-called “flutist” position, with your back straight, so that you can make full use of the diaphragm. We recommend that you never use the air on your cheeks to emit breath, always and only from the diaphragm. For this reason, when you buy the manuals do not underestimate the part dedicated to the sound emission, carefully read the chapters on breathing. A good breathing allows the emission of a clean sound and a longer hold of musical notes, essential for periods without breaks and for a final result to be applauded.