What is the Flute?
The flute is one of the most popular instruments in the band or orchestra. As a member of the woodwind group, it is an aerophone, or reedless wind instrument. It has a beautiful mellow tone and is a lead instrument, often carrying the melody.
Producing a tone on the flute is similar to blowing across the top of a bottle. Once you can make that sound, simply use the keys to change the notes. Flute isn't hard to learn. Like all instruments, it just takes some practice. Both girls and boys can play the flute. It isn’t gender specific.
Care For Your Flute
If properly taken care of, your flute should remain in pristine condition for years to come. The most important thing is proper cleaning after you finish playing it. After disassembling your flute, use your swab to remove all moisture from the inside of the body. If there is moisture in the pads, remove it by inserting clean paper between the pads and tone holes and pressing the key several times. After cleaning the interior section, move to the surface of the instrument. With a polishing cloth, gently wipe down the flute, cleaning it of smudges and fingerprints. Make sure to be gentle around the keys.
Every once in a while, polish your flute with a small amount of flute polish and clean between the keys with a small key brush. You will periodically need to oil your keys as well.
More information about care and maintenance for your flute.
Here's an example of flute music:
Here are some of our favorite flute performances and a few flute tips and tricks.
Why Play the Flute?
- There are lots of great reasons to play flute.
- The flute makes a beautiful, soothing sound.
- Flutes often play the melody or lead parts in a band.
- Flutists get front-row seats in the band.
- Flute is fun to play in duets and ensembles, and it sounds good with almost all other instruments.
- The flute is small and easy to carry.
- Flute is not difficult to learn. With practice you can be as good as you want to be.
- It’s easy to find music for flute. (A flute is in the key of C, so music doesn’t have to be transposed.)
- Flutes sound good in all types of music—classical, modern, rock, jazz, pop, easy listening, gospel, contemporary Christian, etc.
- Once you can play flute, you can also play piccolo. Other woodwind instruments (clarinets and saxophones) play similarly and are easy for flutists to learn.
Select Your Flute
Amro Music offers high quality flutes for sale, as well as rentals. Browse our wide selection of flutes, and contact us with any questions. Our professionals are ready and willing to help!