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Buyer's Guide
First Flute

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:

-Do you Small or Arthritic hands?
If you have very small or inflexible hands, the key of A is a safe place to start.

-Do you have Large or flexible hands, or prior experience with instruments (any with strings or holes)?
If you have flexible hands, or proper experience with instruments (my experience is that most instrument experience gives a person more dexterity) I would say that you could choose a flute in A, G or F# to begin with. For a beginner, unless you are very confident that you can make the stretch, I wouldn’t recommend an F or lower.

Comparing Flute Keys

Listen to me play flutes in the keys of A, G, F# and F and decide which key sounds the best to you!

Video Lessons

Welcome to the learning center of our website!

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 picture and video tutorials that will help you become more familiar with this instrument. If you have any questions that are not answered here, please email us for further help. We are here for you!

Learn the Basics - A guide quick guide to your first flute.

This is a very quick and basic guide to help get you started playing your first flute.

Troubleshooting Common Voicing Issues for Native American Style Flutes

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.

How to put your flute block on

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.

How to Maintenance your Stellar Native American Style Flute

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.

How to read the Stellar Universal Fingering Chart

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.

How to embellish your flute playing

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.

A full guide to the Native American style 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.

How to play the major "diatonic" scale on a Native American style flute

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.  

Comparing keys of Native American style flutes

Here's a quick demo of various keys of our Native American style flutes being played back to back so you can compare.

A guide to Native American style flute terminology

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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