Sunday, March 20, 2016

How to Finger All Keys on the Flute

The flute has 18 keys that often create confusion for new players. Learning how to use a fingering chart will make it possible to play any note on the flute. The most difficult part of playing the flute is memorizing the keys used for each pitch. Additionally, there are also alternate keys which may be used in place of the primary keys to make trills and fast-paced parts easier to play.

Obtain the correct hand position. The first three main keys should be covered by the index, middle and ring finger of the left hand with the thumb covering the thumb key. The right hand should cover the three keys after the head joint with the right thumb supporting the flute.

Obtain a fingering chart to check your fingerings. There are several finger combinations that must be learned. A fingering chart is the simplest way of learning fingerings for the beginner.

Play all of the major scales on the flute. Start with a C-major scale and move to "F," "Bb" and "Eb." Once you have learned those scales learn "G," "D" and "E." Each of these scales has a minimal number of flats and sharps to help avoid confusion.

The best way to learn fingerings is by practicing scales daily. Scales require you to go through each note in a specific manner thereby ensuring that every fingering is addressed.