How to Choose a Flute Flute Care Putting It Away


Well hi, I’m Rebecca Fuller here at Learn
FLute Online where we are going to learn even more about what you need to know about your
flute. We’ve been talking in this series, you’ll
see a button on this page. The whole series is how to choose a flute. Now in the membership area here at Learn Flute
Online, for those of you who have joined, where we have the rest of the lessons hundred
and thousands of them I should say all in sequential order for learning. They are great! I totally highly endorse them, of course they
are my lessons. I think they are fabulous and I have hundreds
and thousands of testimonials from other students who also have been able to come and learn
and enjoy from the lessons as well. Well, today in this little part of this video
series I want to make sure that we talk about something right off the bat here in case I
don’t see you again for a little while in the membership area and that is, once you
do get yourself a flute- we talk about all the different options for choosing one- I
want to make sure you know something really important. And that is that you keep your flute stored
in the flute case. Yes! That is the number one more important thing
I can tell you right now in this little video is because there are different things about
a flute from say a piano or a guitar that well it’s good to put those away  as well,
but definitely with the flute. First of all they are made out of precious
metal that tarnishes so bad if it is left out. So you’re picking up your flute to play
for the and practice and learn some more, congratulations. Just clean it out, I’ll show you how to
do that too, and put it away in the case every single day. It needs to sleep in the case that closed
and locked. Not only will it keep it safe, but it will
keep it from tarnishing and looking really gross. So I have a couple of little examples I want
to give you that might sound kind of funny to you maybe, which they are not really because
I get comments like this all the time from my online students. The other day I had a student send me an email
and say this. She said, or he I can’t remember now, said,
“Rebecca can you help me learn how to carry my flute better while I ride bike, it keeps
getting scratched.” and I thought, well. I had to step back for a second and compose
myself because first of all the flute is so delicate, so delicate and it seems like common
sense that you would put it in the case before you start riding a bike, right? Ya that’s what I thought, but apparently
not so I have to point it out here. When transporting your flute whether you are
riding a bike, riding in a car, walking on the cement, walking down the stairs, up and
down stairs, going anywhere besides your practice room or your performance area it needs to
be put in it’s case. Okay. Now second of all, I did. Well, I visit lots of flute players around
the world and I just love it and I get a chance to kind of examine their flutes a little bit. When I see a flute that is completely the
wrong color, like brown or greenish-blue inside, then I know the flute is years old and has
not been put away for that long and it will be difficult for me to teach them how to play
really well because we are going to struggle with our tone because of the condition of
the flute. So green or brown inside is or green or blue
I should say, first of all it could be just the color of the nickel as the nickel has
tarnished, kindof like a penny when you throw it in a fountain of water and over time it
turns color, right? That could be the same thing happening to
the flute, depending on the quality of the flute to start with. Second of all that greenish-blue could actually
be mold and many times it has been on students that I have talked to. I have a friend who didn’t play her flute
for about 15 years and when she opened the case one day to play again it was covered
in blue-green fuzziness. Crazy, huh! That just means it was put away without being
clean. Obviously had some mold to start with and
it just kept growing. So, always clean your flute before you put
it away too. Right? We are going to have to wipe the lotions from
our fingers, little fingerprints and stuff- we need to wipe that off being very careful
of the mechanisms and stuff. Wow, I could talk about this for a long time. In fact, there are more tips and tricks and
things to help you take care of your flute right here at We have the bonus page that gives you more
information. I have a podcast, I have articles, and of
course I have the membership area where I go through every video tutorial with you in
the right order of what you need to learn how to play well. So that being said, let’s end this video
and I will watch the questions and we are going to be discussing even more things about
how to choose a flute and the education that you need to be really knowledgeable and make
this a happy, easy, fun thing for you. We’ll see you then!

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1 thought on “How to Choose a Flute Flute Care Putting It Away”

  1. Jayce says:

    Hello. I'm a 5-year clarinetist and I'm considering becoming a flutist. The clarinet is fun, but I love trying new things, and I love the sound of the flute. I was thinking about buying a opened hole (not off-set G because I have huge hands) flute. I have never picked up a flute in my life. Holding them, yes, but never actually took the time and did something with the flute. I have heard that the opened hole is not good for beginners to the flute, but I don't want to waste my money and get a closed hole flute, just to turn around maybe a year or two later and get an opened hole one. Should I spend my money I've saved for 3 years on a closed hole, or an opened hole? I'm very curious.

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