Why the Flute is One of the Best Instruments for Beginners to Learn

Learning an instrument can be a fabulous thing for a child. It’s not only a new skill, but it can become a lifetime’s passion, a form of escapism and relaxation, a means to hone concentration, and even a lucrative career. But before you start planning lessons and renting instruments, you and your child need to make a decision: which instrument to learn. If your son or daughter is already enthusiastic about a particular instrument, then problem easily solved. But if you and they are looking for suggestions, then the flute is really worth considering.

Why the Flute is One of the Best Instruments for Beginners

Flutes are low maintenance and mobile

Have you ever seen a cello player trying to fit their instrument on to a bus? Or into a regular family car that also needs to accommodate other passengers? Have you ever seen a violinist change their instrument’s strings? Or a trombone player clean their instrument? In comparison, the flute is easy. It’s small and light to carry around – which means that your child is more likely to pick it up and play it. It’s easy to assemble. And it requires no special storage arrangements. Just give it a clean after each use, and it’ll be fine.

Flutes are available in a range of sizes and forms

Because there are various types of flute available, there is an instrument for every kind of player. Smaller, lighter instruments for children. Flutes that are slightly easier to generate an appealing sound with for beginners. And professional flutes for more advanced players. This means that the flute is a great instrument to grow into. Flutes aren’t intrusive

No one is born a musical adept. Everyone has to learn. But oh, living with someone learning to play a new instrument can require patience. We know this. If someone in your home is banging a drum, blowing a horn, or stridently tooting a recorder, everyone else is going to know about it. Especially if you live in an apartment. Although it is possible to produce toe-curling tones with a flute, you have to really put a lot of effort in to do it at volume. The flute’s natural tone is mellow. This makes living with a novice flute player far more enjoyable than learners of many other instruments!

Flutes provide musical versatility

The lovely thing about the flute is that once you’ve learnt how to play, you can use it for a wide range of musical styles. There is a space for the flute in jazz bands, orchestras, wind pits, military, and concert bands. And if you’re good, creative and persuasive, you can probably fit into other areas too. Flute skills are transferable

Flute players often go on to pick up other instruments, because the skills of flute playing are easily transferable. If you can play the flute, picking up a piccolo or alto sax is almost effortless. The clarinet also becomes an option.

Flute playing isn’t just about music

When you learn to play an instrument, you are exercising many other parts of your body and brain. From muscle memory to neurological control, learning to play the flute can help in diverse areas. Including concentration and cognitive development. There is a proven link between learning to play music and mathematical ability, verbal ability and non-verbal reasoning. Learning to play the flute has also been linked to mindfulness and the combatting of depression – something parents are becoming increasingly aware of.

All instruments have their plusses and minuses. And all instruments have their place. But if you’re looking for an instrument that will engage a beginner, the flute is one of our favourites.

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