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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.
Free Guides to the Native American Flute
Free video tutorials on everything from how to play the native flute to how to troubleshoot common voicing issues. Our goal is to make learning about the Native American style flute as easy and strait forward as possible. On this page you will find free video tutorials that will help you become more familiar with this instrument.
Videos on Flute Playing:
Videos on Flute Care and Troubleshooting :
This is a very quick and basic guide to help get you started playing your first flute.
Flute Key: G
In this lesson I use a flute in the key of G to demonstrate how to breath while you play the flute.
Flute Key: G
In this video I use a simple technique of lifting multiple fingers at once to create a unique sound which can be used in any song.
Flute key: G
In this lesson I teach you how to tap your fingers to create rhythm and quick notes in your song.
Did you know your flute could play more then one scale? It can! Here is a quick guide to how to play the major scale on your flute.
This is a clip from a very old video we shot on how to play the flute.
Flute Key: A
In this lesson I play a celtic scale on a Native American style flute. This scale can be played on any key of flute and it is so much fun to play!
Flute Key : A
In this lesson I teach you how to flutter your fingers while fading a note.
Flute key: F#
In this lesson I demonstrate how to make a note quiver using your breath.
Flute Key : F
In this video I walk you through a few things I commonly do in my flute playing to add character and emotion to my songs. This is a great way to improve your flute playing after you are comfortable with the basic scale.
Flute key: G
In this lesson I show you some tips and tricks for playing a Drone or double flute.
An oldie but a goody, we recorded this video quite a while ago but it is still a very useful tool for beginners. It will walk you through the basics of playing and caring for a Stellar flute.
Is your new flute squeaky, breathy, jumpy or raspy sounding? Or does it sound out of tune? These are all common voicing problems that I can help you solve in this video.
You may also want to watch the video below on how to place the block.
Your flute block is the little piece that is tied on top of your flute. It is either bird shaped if you have a standard or low profile if you have a basic or a drone flute. The only important part of the block is the bottom which has a precision cut groove. In the video below I explain what the function of the block is and how to properly place it on your flute. I use a basic flute in the video, but the same advice applies to all of our flutes and flute making kits.
This video only applies to flutes made by Stellar Flutes. Many other flutes do need to be oiled and waxed to protect them against moisture, however Stellar flutes are sealed inside and out with oil based varnish , so many flute maintenance kits will not work on our flutes.
A quick guide on how to read the fingering chart that comes along with our Basic and Premiere flutes. A simplified version with only 4 keys also comes along with our Drone Flute Making Kits, Pre tuned Flute Kits and Pre bored Flute Making Kits.
Here's a quick demo of various keys of our Native American style flutes being played back to back so you can compare.
In this video I show you what various parts of the flute are called. This is just Stellar Flutes terminology and other flute makers may call these parts by different names.
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