Playing in the Band, Playing the Flute

fluteWThe flute is a wind instrument made from a tube with holes along it that are closed by fingers or keys.  It is held vertically or horizontally so that the player’s breath strikes a narrow edge. The modern orchestral form, typically made of metal, is held horizontally and has an elaborate set of keys. The flute is the oldest of all instruments that produce pitched sounds, and was originally made from wood. Good quality modern day flutes are made of silver or gold.

A standard flute is a little over 2 feet long. It is often featured playing the melody. The flute is played by holding it sideways with both hands and blowing across a mouthpiece hole; like blowing across the top of a soda bottle. Your fingers open and close the keys, which changes the pitch. Though daunting at first, with practice flutes are easy to play.

I have played the flute for 5 years.  When I first started band in 6th grade I wanted to play the clarinet. My friend encouraged me to play the flute with her so we could be flute buddies. The first few practices were frustrating. It was hard for me to get my embouchure (my lips) small enough to produce the correct sound. After much practices, I finally got the hang of it.

I’m so happy with my instrument choice.  I plan to play it though high school, and possibly into college.

Story and Photos by Molly Clegg, HS Intern

Story and Photos by Molly Clegg, HS Intern

Author: Staff Reporter

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