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The flute is a compact instrument comprised of three pieces: a head joint, body and foot joint.   The greatest possible damage is caused by grabbing the keys hard during assembly.  When assembling, hold it where there are the least amount of keys.

Dim Poo
Dim Poo
Dim Poo
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To get a nice tone say "dim poo."  Make sure the flute is centered at the bottom or your lip.  Relax your upper lip.  It compares with blowing across a glass bottle to get a sound or cooling soup.  The sound of a new flautist is usually very airy or windy. If possible, narrow the air stream.  Practice whistling.

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Make sure you are sitting up on the edge of the chair, feet flat on the floor, head in a normal resting position, and bring the instrument to you.  The flute sounds best when it is straight out to the side, not sagging downward.

Cleaning Care
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Flutes - Cleaning rod & cloth 
send the cloth on the rod through the flute after playing each time

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Flute Websites

Listen to the Flute   DSO Kids is the Dallas Symphony Orchestra's site.  It's mission is to provide attractive, child-friendly resources that introduce symphonic music, the orchestra and its instruments, and to encourage both adults and young people to explore the symphony orchestra.

Band Potato Flute Playlist - How to Assemble a Flute, How to Hold a Flute, How to clean a Flute, How to play at note on the flute

Resources for locating flute-related information
University of North Carolina Flute Resources

For Theatre and Opera

Flute Acoustics Introduction to flute acoustics Try the introduction of How do woodwind instruments work? If you strike a term or idea you don't know, try the Basics list on the navigation bar.

Flute World   Flute gift store for flutists/flautists.

The Flute Channel   Can you hear the Difference between a cheap and expensive flute?
A Pro musician can make a cheap instrument sound great

First Flute?

An ancient bone flute segment, estimated at about 43,ooo up to 82,ooo years old, was found by Dr. Ivan Turk, a paleontologist at the Slovenian Academy of Sciences in Ljubljana.  It's the first flute ever to be associated with Neanderthals and its confirmed age makes it the oldest known musical instrument.

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