First Flute

Choosing Your First Native American Flute

Learn which key and style of Native flute will work best for you with this helpful guide. Listen to our flute key comparison and read about our top three recommendations for beginner flutes.

Picking out your first flute over the web without actually getting to test it out might seem a bit challenging. There are lots of options, wood, key, style, which may feel a bit overwhelming at first glance, but I am here to help!

Flute Length and Key

The higher the key the shorter the flute is and closer together the fingering holes are, and there for the easier it is to play. So should you get the highest key? No. why? Because most people like the sound of a lower flute better so I usually start people with a flute in the lowest key that they can comfortably play. And that usually is:

The Key of G

I place most people with a flute in the key of G. almost everyone, men, women, and children, can usually cover all the holes on a G flute. The key of G is a rich and beautiful tone. It is by far our most popular key making up about half of our flute sales. But there are other considerations, read on.

The Key of A - Perfect for people with small hands

-Do you Small or Arthritic hands?

If you have very small or inflexible hands, the key of A is a safe place to start. This is also a wonderful key for children to start with. That being said, it's perfectly ok to buy an A if you just love the sound! We find that most people are drawn to a certain key and it is different with each person, so follow your intuition!

Not feeling that high pitched voice? Read on.

The Key of F#

This key of flute is a little longer than the G and is better suited for people with flexible or large hands. If you have any experience playing other instruments you will probably have an easier time than others learning the Native flute. Even though an F# is a longer reach than the G flute, most people can learn to play this key with some practice.