1. Good working flute
2. Tuning rod with cleaning cloth
3. Music stand (if available)
4. Method book
Maintenance and Care
1. Swab out after each use. NEVER bathe the entire instrument, but bathing the head joint is recommended. This keeps the cork moist and your flute “in tune”
2. Clean outside with soft cotton cloth—never use cleaners or silver polish on instrument
ASSEMBLING THE FLUTE
1. Gently twist the parts together—never shove.
2. Align mouthpiece hole with finger keys of middle joint
3. Align ball of foot joint to the middle of the keys of middle joint
SETTING UP TO PLAY
1. Posture: Sit on the front half of the chair, feet flat on the floor, and upper body erect.
2. Breathing: INHALE so that you expand your belt line in your front, back and sides (think PEAR SHAPE when full). EXHALE by using your tummy to drive out a fast air column.
3. Embouchure (facial muscles): Purse the lips slightly forward (think “pooh”).
1. Practice 4 to 5 times a week for 20 to 25 quality minutes.
2. Find a private spot in the house-free from distractions.
3. Find a consistent time for practice.
4. Use a music stand and a good firm chair.
5. During the day, to increase the chances of practice probability, your instrument can remain out of the case. Put your instrument in a safe place after practice--out of harm's reach. Never let little brothers and sisters or friends play the instrument.