image Got Musical Talent? Join the Band!

by Shristi Chakraborty

Thinking about joining band? Want to play the flute? These are some things that a beginner flute player should know. The flute has a sweet sound when blown into.
In music of any instrument, there is a measure. A measure is a small section of lines and is divided by a staff. Each measure can only hold 4 notes. Four things that are important about the flute: music notes, pitch, time signature, and key signature.
The notes are the key thing on the flute. Each note has its different sound even if it sounds close to a different note. There are 14 notes on the flute. An example would be a high C and a high G. Both their sounds are different. For faster beat, playing the notes may get difficult. It may take some practice, but an advice would be to move the fingers quicker and keep the beat going.

Also, remember that there are differences between high and low.
The notes depend on the pitch to make a high or low sound. If the pitch is low and is played high, then it may be heard when other band members are playing soft. This is a term called piano and forte. Piano means soft and will be written at the bottom of the measure. Forte is the opposite meaning loud and will also be written at the bottom of the measure. An example would be high A and low A; both have the same sound but one is low and the other is high.To make a high pitch, keep the lips open just a little and give a lot of force when blown into the head joint. To make a low pitch, widen the lips but not too much and blow gently. Additionally, knowing this can help figure out different notes.

Time signature is also an important term in pla
ying the flute. This term will be found at the beginning of the measure. Remember there is four beats in each measure? The most important thing is to count the beats. This shows multitasking because the flute player is focused on playing the right notes and in the other hand, also focused on how fast they tap their foot. The few kinds of beats are: 1/16, ¾, 2/4, 4/4, and ⅛ notes. It is also important to know what is being played.

The key signature helps to keep track of what is being played. It tells the difference if the flute player is supposed to play Eb or E and also cancels any sharps in the measure. Sharps give an edge to the note, making it sound higher. It tells the difference between a high flat or a low flat.

The four main things that are important to remember for a beginner flute player is: the music notes, pitch, time signature, and key signature.


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