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How To Choose A Flute

A Few Helpful Hints

Girl playing a flute

Buying a Beginner Flute

If you have never played the flute, the most important thing is to talk to a teacher before you go flute shopping! Ask advice and if possible get them to come with you whilst you choose. It is also a good idea to do some research at home and our First Time Buyer's Guide offers a lot of helpful suggestions. 

Flutes for Small Beginners

Buying on a Budget

From Fife to Flute

Curved vs Straight Heads

Upgrading Your Flute

Student instruments are designed to be easy to play, but this ease of play comes at the expense of sound quality. Top-end flutes are harder to play, but then they don't need to be easy, as it's assumed you already know how to play to an extent by the time you reach one of these instruments. So, when you reach the higher grades, you'll find that you want sound qualities that are difficult to achieve on a student instrument:

  • fullness of sound
  • variation in tone colour
  • speed of response
  • dynamic range

Step-up and intermediate instruments are designed to help you with these qualities without sacrificing the ease of play too much.

It's vital to test out an instrument at this level before you buy. Reviews and manufacturer descriptions will get you so far in narrowing down the list, but every player is different - in their physiology (teeth, lips, mouth size, lung capacity), their strengths and weaknesses, their sound preferences. Each flute will play differently with different players, and can help (or hinder!) with the areas where your playing is weaker.

A video consultation with one of our expert staff - between us we have 50+ years' experience - can help narrow down the choice by discussing your strengths, weaknesses as well as your personal preferences. From there we can either arrange a home trial, and it's an excellent starting point if you're planning to visit our showroom to play-test flutes.

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