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Flutes are Fabulous!

Updated on November 30, 2014

Flutastic Flutes!

Feel the fantastic, flowing, fluttering sounds of the fabulous flute and hear the fluent music of favorite flute players at this lens! Whether you prefer classical, jazz, or other styles of music, flute can play them all beautifully. It is one of the oldest and most familiar instruments in the world.

Those of you who know me well, know that I truly love the sounds of all instruments, but, flute is the instrument in which I majored in college and therefore love dearly! Whether you play or just enjoy listening to their pretty sound, come learn more about flutes. (I know I learned more while researching for this page!!)

Praise Him with the

strings and flute ...

Let everything that has breath

praise the LORD!

Psalm 150:4,6

Flute Instructional DVD's

Flute Care

Proper care of one's instrument is almost as important an aspect on flute sound production as the experience of the player and the quality of the instrument itself. Improper care may cause numerous problems in tone, pitch, intonation, and more.

Care of the instrument starts right from the case. Of course, the case should not be dropped or placed anywhere it could be bumped or damaged. When handling the pieces of your flute, always be cautious of the keys and springs which may be bent if grabbed too firmly. Slide the pieces together straight, in other words, do not put them together holding the two pieces in an angle as it will bend or scratch the metal. Some students have had the problem of the "foot" falling off because the joint section has been bent over time.

When you have completed your practicing for the day, thoroughly clean the instrument of all moisture, finger prints, saliva, and dust. If you are practicing for a long period of time, I would recommend cleaning it out as many times as needed. Brass instruments have a "spit valve" for elimination, but woodwind instruments tend to leak out the end or at the keys! Yuck! Wet insides of the instrument will cause the keys to stick, make funny sounds (which are not so funny when you are creating beautiful music), and destroy the pads. There are many ideas about how to clean moist pads, but I prefer to use the specially made thin papers made by flute manufacturers.

Using a clean soft cloth or handkerchief (flannel or cotton work well), thread the tip of the cloth through the cleaning / tuning rod loop. Wrap the cloth around the entire rod, especially the ends, to avoid scratching the inside. Gently push the rod through each piece of the flute (the foot, body, and headjoint). You may need to do this a few times to eliminate all moisture from the bore.

Use another soft clean cloth to gently rub the outside of the flute, the keys, around holes, inside and outside of joints, etcetera, until all wet spots and fingerprints are removed. Be careful not to bend keys or rub any of the any pads while you are cleaning. Rub firmer on the tone hole to remove saliva and debris. A dry Q-tip helps to clear out small areas between keys of dirt and dust. I like to also look to see if the springs are all in place, and that the screws are properly in place. If a screw is loose, please do not tighten it as hard as you can; it will prevent the keys from moving!

Correctly place the flute pieces in the case, checking that no sections are turned or not completely in their spot. Store your case in a safe location of moderate temperature. Damp or humid areas may damage the pads, and extreme cold or heat is not healthy for your flute, either.

Some cases have room to store a cloth inside. If yours does not have enough room, please do not try to cram it in because it could hurt your flute. Wet cloths and cleaners should not be stored in the case either because they will cause rotting of the pads and moldy areas. If your cleaning cloth is able to be thrown into the washing machine or washed by hand, I would suggest doing it frequently.

Taking a little extra time each day to maintain your flute will help it to play its best for a longer time. If you suspect anything is wrong with a key, pad, or spring, have your band director or private teacher take a look at it. They may be able to adjust it for you, or recommend a repair person for larger repairs and adjustments.

Many flute manufacturers have designed cleaning kits containing needed materials to maintain the highest quality. There are also a variety of cleaning cloths; some have polish on them, and others are just for cleaning. I use the polish ones sparingly as it can hurt the pads, and rub of the finish on some flutes.

Did you know?

During practice and performance times, moisture forms throughout the interior of the flute. If it is not dried completely, several problems may arise.

  • Mold ~ yes, mold! Lovely shades of green or black will appear inside and especially at the connection point of the head joint and body if cleaning has not occurred for even a short period of time. (Not that I have known any young students who have had this problem!) This mold, of course, is unsanitary, causes illness, smells bad, and makes it difficult to separate or put together the pieces of the flute. Yuck!
  • The key pads will wear down and deteriorate quickly when left wet after playing. The materials that they are made off may be easily damaged by rotting or ripping. When this happens, air may escape from under the keys when pressed causing problems with tone clarity and pitch.
  • Rust may also be an issue in some varieties of flutes on the joints, keys, and especially springs.

Flute Manufacturer Preference

Which brand of flute do you like the best?

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What do you think?

What type of music do you like to hear the flute?

Only classical music!

Only classical music!

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    • anonymous 5 years ago

      well any kind there all good.

    Any kind ~ classical, jazz, rock, ...

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        actually i prefer rock its more rock-in style

      • Julianne Gentile 7 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio, US

        I just love anything with a flute in it, but it's especially fun to hear it added to heavy rock or progressive music, where it's not always expected.

      • JoyfulPamela2 7 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

        I adore many types of music for flute!!

      For those of you who play the instrument ...

      What do you prefer to be called?

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      The Flute Family!

      Did you know?

      Although they all share similar

      (but not the same) qualities such as fingerings, embouchure, and tone,

      an entire family of flutes exist that range in various sizes, shapes, materials, pitches, and sounds. Find out more about these fabulous flutes from the articles below!

      Music Written for Flute

      Classical Flute Composer ~ F.D. Kuhlau ~ this page that I wrote contains information about this German composer known as "the Beethoven of the flute", videos to listen to and watch, and several links to sites that give free downloads of his music.

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      Psalm 150:4
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      Do you play flute? Share your experiences!

      Hello fellow flute fans! - I'd love to hear from you. :)

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Nice info on the flute!

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          Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

          Wow, so much info on flutes, flute music, flute players, everything! I really love many kinds of flute music, and my husband and daughter both play flute so I hear quite a lot! Lensrolled to my lenses "Flute Accessories for Aspiring Flute Players" and "James Galway."

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          anonymous 7 years ago

          Your one quiz about which flute brand you like, it says 'Which brand of flute to you like the best?'

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          religions7 7 years ago

          Great quiz :) I knew them all, but wasn't sure about the key most flutes are in. I have a lens about flutes too: https://hubpages.com/education/student-flute lensrolling there.

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          divacratus 2 7 years ago

          Sound of flutes are really divine! Great lens.

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