How To Practise The Flute

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Subject: Flute
Last updated: 21/08/2017
Tags: #howtopractice, #practicetips, flute lessons manchester, learning to play the flute, scales

Practice. The dreaded word for teachers, parents and students alike…but should it be? Approached with positivity and some clever ideas, practice can actually transform into an exciting exploration of your instrument.

You don’t have to practise for hours a day in order to improve. The important thing to remember is to practise every day and make it part of your routine. If you don't work it into your daily routine, it probably won't stick. Try getting up earlier in the morning to do some practice before work/school (if your neighbours will allow!), or straight after work/school, or maybe after your dinner in the evening instead of sitting down in front of the TV!

Secondly, think about how you structure your practice, even if the session is only 10 minutes long. Practising an instrument is just like doing exercise; don't jump straight into that difficult piece you are learning - do a warm-up first! Think about how your teacher structures your lessons, maybe you start with some long notes, or a scale. Build up to the more difficult stuff and then remember to cool down at the end, again, just like you would with exercise!

Make sure you set yourself some aims in your practice. Your teacher will probably write in a notebook during your lessons – use it in practice! They might have set you an aim of learning a scale or a new piece. Break down your scales or pieces so that you do a few notes or bars at the same time and then gradually add on more sections to build up to the whole scale or piece.

While working on your aims, ask yourself some questions. If something goes wrong, don't jump straight back in and repeat the section. Think to yourself - where (exactly) did it go wrong? Why did that go wrong? What could I do to fix it?

Some solutions could be – repeating a difficult section of notes on their own, then in different rhythms, such as dotting one way, and then the other, or using different articulations, or maybe just playing a scale in the key that the piece is on, to remind yourself of which notes you need.

Remember that everyone is different. While I've covered a few things here, you need to find your own way to practice that works best for you, and that's the exciting thing! Just explore and stick at it every day!

Here are some great places to go to find out more about playing an instrument and how to practice:

Dr Noa Kageyama writes a fantastic free blog on all things performance and practice -

The Strad is a magazine about string instruments and players, but their website includes lots of interesting articles for all musicians, such as this one comparing musicians and athletes -

Some more tips for practice –

LCaunt Flute Teacher (Manchester)

About The Author

I am passionate about inspiring people of all ages to strive for their best in music. I believe in creating an environment that is fun and engaging, while ensuring that individuals are satisfied – whatever their goals.

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