Is The Flute Hard To Play?

Flute is a very popular in middle and high school bands. Sadly, many end up quitting because they got themselves in over their heads. Many flute players start out as a joke but progress themselves to the point where they realized that they had learned everything they knew about technique was wrong. So then many of them get into the question, "Why is the flute so hard to play?"

In my opinion, nothing is hard to do in general, but it may be harder for you than someone else. For example, a car mechanic would never ask, "Why is fixing a car so hard to do?" I would ask that question though. Just as that, an experienced flute player would never ask themselves the first question.

What's the best way to avoid the difficulties of flute playing?

Learn it right the first time!

Nothing is harder than breaking habits, and trust me, there are a lot of bad habits that flute players can develop after getting incorrect instruction. For example, many flutists believe that blowing harder is the best way to get a high note. This is very incorrect. You need to change the angle of the airstream.

The problem is, is that band teachers are always specialized flute players. Thus, they do a lot of research online, and many sites are not written by flute experts, so they give wrong information. It is just one huge downward spiral.

How do I do it the right way?

There are flute teachers everywhere, and while they can be pricey, they can be well worth it. Don't get me wrong though, you definitely don't need a flute teacher to be good. It is always nice to have another opinion on your flute playing though.

There are many resources on the internet that give you the right information. Nina Perlove on YouTube is a great example. Her videos are very informative and really helped me a lot.