One of the biggest challenges with learning the flute is knowing what to practice and when to practice it.
Sure, there are so many resources out there, but they can be a little bit overwhelming!
There is a clear and very systematic approach to flute learning that has been used by thousands of flutists all over the world. It involves a healthy diet of scales, long tones, technical exercises, studies, and pieces. Yet, there are so few resources that provide you with this winning recipe and meet you at the level you are at.
So, we embarked on a mission to create level-appropriate resources that help you get a good ‘flute diet’ so that you can start to see tangible improvements in your playing!
Here is how this resource works:
Each month we produce a resource called Let’s Practice. This resource is centered around a specific key (scale) or learning topic (tone, articulation).
In each resource, you will find everything you need to work on for a full month, along with a comprehensive practice plan.
Who are these resources suitable for?
These resources are suitable for less advanced players. We have created resources in four levels (late beginner, novice, developing, and early-intermediate). At the bottom of this page is a more detailed guide with all the levels so that you can determine the correct level for you.
Inside Let’s Practice No. 4 for novice players you will find:
3 studies, 3 pieces, technical exercises, and a full day-to-day practice plan to keep you practicing all month!
PLUS get recordings of all the pieces and studies so you know if you are on the right track with your practice!
G major, E minor, and arpeggios
1. Practicing Bb fingerings
2. Speeding up the fingers
3. Low register notes
A selection of beautiful studies and pieces by Dvorak, Charpentier, and many more.
Confused about your level? Here is a guide to our flute levels:
Late-beginner: You are very comfortable with the first octave on the flute. You still crack the second register B and C (just above the stave). You just started learning scales but are still very unsure about them. You are playing 4/4 time signatures and simple quarter note and 8th note rhythms. You will learn ¾ time signature as well as dotted rhythms.
Novice resource: You are fairly comfortable up the middle register B and C (just above the stave). You are starting to play up to high D (you will learn to do this on this level); You are playing your first 3 majors with ease (C, F, and G) and will learn all your majors and minors to the first 2 sharps and flats on the Novice level. You can play 3/4 and 4/4 time signatures and dotted rhythms. You will learn to play more complex rhythms and add 16th notes to the mix at this level.
Developing resource: You are managing to play D comfortably and are starting to venture toward the E. You will learn to play the 3rd register E, Eb, F, F# and G. Your scales up to the first 2 sharps and flats are fairly comfortable but you are learning more of these scales in 2 octaves. You are very comfortable with dotted rhythms and 16th notes and at this level, we will start exploring the 6/8 time signature and triplets.
Early-intermediate: You are playing up to the 3rd register G comfortably. We will start exploring the third register G#, A, and Bb in this level. In this level, you will learn all the keys up to the first 3 sharps and flats, most of them in 2 octaves. You will also become comfortable with a 2-octave chromatic scale, along with your melodic minor scales. You will become more comfortable with the 6/8 time signature and more complex dotted rhythms and triplets.