Native American Flute Instructions by WIndpony


Lessons

Check Block - Always check the block on your flute to make sure it is placed with the bottom leading edge of the block lined up with the back of the hole, centered and firm. 


Posture - Head erect, elbows and flute several inches away from your chest. This posture facilitates proper breathing. 


Holding your Flute & Finger Placement - The middle three finders of each hand cover the holes of a six hole flute and the forefinger and middle finger of your top hand and the middle three finders of your bottom hand cover the holes of your 5 hole flute. The "textbook" method is left hand on top but many fine players place the right hand on top. Experiment both mays to find which is most comfortable for you. 


Pads vs Tips of Fingers - The holes are covered by the pads of the finger, not the tips. Covering the holes with the pads of your fingers best assures the total coverage which is vital. 


Producing Sound & the "Sigh" - Sigh into the flute rather than blow. With all holes covered, you should get a low mellow sound. Technically, the top lip is pulled back against the upper teeth and the flutes rests on your lower lip, but this is far less important than breathing gently (sighing) into the flute rather than "blowing". Of you hear a squeal, you are failing to completely cover all holes. If you get a sigh sound, you are over blowing. There are a few fingers combinations that work best with "overblow" particularly on notes with the top holes open and lower notes closed. You will discover this as you practice the drills.