Take out the head joint and connect it to the long piece of the body. Be careful not to grab hold of the keys so they won’t get bent. Then take out the smallest piece and connect it to the end out the body again being careful not to grab the keys.
Finding Playing Position:
Place the head joint flat against the lips so the hole can be felt centered on the lips. Then role the flute toward the floor so the lip plate is resting on the chin. Gently blow across the hole like you are blowing out birthday candles. Experiment with rolling in and out if you are not successful producing a sound. If that doesn’t help begin the process again.
Long tones on Bb, C, D, Eb, and F ascending and descending also to develop good tone quality. This range should be expanded as the student learns more notes.
Begin on Bb tongue 4 quarter notes (in 4/4 time). Expand to
shorter note values as they are learned so eventually eights and sixteenths are included. Each step of the scale should receive one measure of the rhythms. This exercise will help develop good tonguing and faster tongue technique.
Play five notes as pattern ascending and descending slurred first with
quarters, then eights, and sixteenths. This will help solidify fingerings and help build finger technique.
Things to think about while practicing:
Is my tone steady?
Am I starting each note with my tongue?
Is my hand position correct? (ie. Are my fingers curved?)
Am I breathing deeply and not raising my shoulders?
Am I relaxed and not tight in my throat?
Is my embouchure correct? (go through the steps above to check)
Am I using good posture? (Are my feet on the floor? Is my back away from the chair?)
Am I tapping my foot?
Having trouble making a sound at home? Try:
Take time to re-position the instrument. Go through all the steps.
Make sure your lips are not too tight together.
Make sure your throat is not tight. Take a few deep breaths and feel like you are yawning.
If you are still having trouble pack up and take a break. Come back and try again later so you don’t get frustrated.
Before you start practicing your lesson:
Check the key signature and mark any notes you may have trouble remembering.
Check the time signature and tempo.
Look for challenging rhythmic spots that may need extra work.
Find any notes that may not be in the key signature (ie. Added sharps and flats or notes made in to naturals)
Look for other signs in the piece. (dynamics, tempo changes)
If you get to a spot you are having trouble with:
Slow down and take your time.
Write in fingerings or note names to help you.
Finger through while speaking the note names.
Mark accidentals (sharps, flats and naturals)
Play note by note without the rhythms.
Slowly add the rhythms back in and gradually increase the tempo.
Once you get it go back and play it a few more times to make sure you really understand.