In grade 7 music this year, we have to choose an instrument from choices given by our teacher. I have decided to go with the flute because I like the relaxing yet smooth sound that is produced. I am excited to see how I will progress learning a new kind of instrument. Here is some of my research on the flute:
How to produce a proper sound with the right technique: To be able to produce the proper sound on a flute, you need to have the right embouchure or the right lip positioning. For this, you have to keep your lips in a position like you would when saying “emmmm”. Here we have to remember not to tuck our lips in, keeping them at a rested position. Then, we tighten the corners of our lips a little and blow air out from the middle of our mouth (making sure it doesn’t leak from the corners of our mouth) like your saying the letter P. But remember to keep your lips relaxed and not to make an exaggerated hole when letting the air out. Using your finger as a embochure hole (the part of the flute where you blow to the farther edge making your air split producing the proper sound) blow out gently downwards using the right steps with not too much power. When using your lip plate, you have to make sure to keep it right below your lip, or else the sound won’t come out.
Source(s): Making a sound
Cleaning your flute: To clean your flute, you can use Egyptian cloth, cotton cloth or buy a cleaning cloth meant for cleaning the flute. First, you insert the cloth into the little hole on top of the cleaning rod pulling it just a little. Then, we have to wrap the rest of the cloth loosely around the rod making sure the top is covered so that it doesn’t scratch your flute when cleaning. Now you can clean all three parts of the flute by inserting the rod through the parts gently. Once inserted, you can turn the piece slowly so that all parts of the inner part of the piece are cleaned.
Source: Cleaning after playing
Parts of a flute/Opening the case: When opening your flute case, you have to make sure the handle and buckles are facing you and that the top part is facing upwards. If it’s the other way, the parts of your flute could fall out and possibly break. The top of the flute with the embouchure hole (where you blow into) and the lip plate (where your lower lip rests) is called the head joint. This part has no keys. Then comes the part with most of the keys which is also the biggest piece, the body. Finally, the bottom of the flute is the foot joint. With the flute, you might receive a cleaning rod/a cloth to help you clean your rod.
Source: parts of a flute
Assembly of flute: When assembling your flute, you should make sure that the crown or the closed part of the head joint is facing outwards. Then we have to pick up the body and slowly twist the side with the open hole, where there aren’t any keys, into the open hole of the head joint. We have to do this with a firm yet gentle grip on the body and now the foot joint. For the foot joint, we have to insert the side with the open hole and more keys on it into the body, slowly. We have to make sure that the embouchure hole is lined up with the keys on the body and that the foot joint rod that sticks out is lined up with the middle of the keys on the body, and the middle of the embouchure hole on the head joint.
Sources: Assembling your flute